‘Cin­ema has made me stronger’

Cin­ema means the world to Shruti Haasan who per­ceives it as an art, and not just a job

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The glitz and glam­our of cin­ema can change a per­son overnight, but not actor Shruti Haasan (left), who thinks that she is still the same per­son who en­joys do­ing what she likes and re­mains ac­ces­si­ble to her friends.

Shruti takes cin­ema as more than just as a job. “It be­comes your world when you see it as art,” says Shruti adding that the frills and fa­cade of the in­dus­try have never af­fected her. “I’ve been act­ing for eight years. When I look back, I re­alise cin­ema has made me stronger. Noth­ing else about me has changed de­spite grow­ing up as the daugh­ter of Ka­mal Haasan and Sarika,” she says.

Shruti had a shaky start to her ca­reer, with films such as Luck (2009), Ana­ganaga O Dheerudu (2011) and 7am Arivu (2011) not do­ing well. She doesn’t re­gret do­ing these films. “In these films, I did the best I could and fol­lowed the in­struc­tions of my di­rec­tors. An actor can’t be solely re­spon­si­ble for a film fail­ing or suc­ceed­ing. The fate of a film de­pends on so many other fac­tors,” she says.

She also has a dif­fer­ent out­look to­wards fail­ure. “What peo­ple see as a big fail­ure, I don’t nec­es­sar­ily look at it the same way. I’m proud of films like Oh My Friend (2011) and 7am Arivu as they were spe­cial. Some­thing about them stands out even to­day,” she says.

It was with Pawan Kalyan’s Tel­ugu ac­tioner Gab­bar Singh (2012), a re­make of Da­bangg (2010), that Shruti cat­a­pulted to the big league. “I’ll be grate­ful to Pawan Kalyan for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity. A star of his cal­i­bre could have said no to me. But he was sup­port­ive and I’ll never for­get it,” she says, ex­press­ing im­mense joy in re­unit­ing with him in her next Tel­ugu film Kata­ma­rayudu.

Bask­ing in the suc­cess of SI3, the third part in the Singam fran­chise, Shruti feels proud to be part of the se­ries. “The re­cep­tion has been won­der­ful. The suc­cess of Singam fran­chise is proof of how much peo­ple have en­joyed the se­ries,” she says.

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