Shruti Haasan had a rather productive lockdown, using the forced break to reconnect with herself and rediscover her love for music. “It didn’t seem much like a break to me, it was more of confinement. I was not comfortable being alone for a long span. I was completely by myself, without even any house help,” shares the actress, who recently returned to the set with her Telugu film, Krack, which reunites her with Ravi Teja and director
“Krack is a commercial film but the arc of my character is really interesting. In Laabam, the woman has a very prominent voice,” she reveals, acknowledging that in the new normal, they have to focus on not just work but also their own safety. “I will be shooting non-stop for the next couple of months to wrap up these two films.”
When it comes to Hindi cinema, Kamal Haasan’s daughter has been selective. She admits she doesn’t have a master-plan, she just wants to do exciting roles. “It’s about balancing Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films and I always get better roles down South,” she laughs.
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Meanwhile, her father, Kamal Haasan, at the age of 65, has announced a new film with Lokesh Kanagaraj. What keeps him going? “He loves his job and the world of cinema. He needs to express himself creatively, that’s his driving force,” says Shruti, quick to add that she would want to follow her father’s footsteps. “I love women in the West who, at 80-plus, are still acting. It’s about learning something new every single day.”
Having been in the industry for over a decade now, Shruti believes that her choice of cinema has evolved over the years. “I no longer listen to people who say we need to do only commercial films. I’ve been a part of some blockbusters, but didn’t have a great time doing them. I am making more honest choices now,” she states.
So, is there a character she wants to explore next? “Being a musician in real life, I would love to play one on screen too. Their portrayals have been superficial in most of our films. I’ve been offered such characters in the past, but I want to do a role that goes deep into the essence of what it feels like to be a musician. Just showing a recording studio and a guitar isn’t enough, it should be a more inward journey,” she signs off.
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