Actress Shruti Haasan says that she has evolved every step of her acting journey – from the bad preparation she got when she started to finally finding a place in the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu film industries. Shruti first appeared as a child actor in her father, an actor and filmmaker Of Kamal Haasan 2000 plays Hey Ram. She made her full debut in 2009 with a Bollywood action Good luck. Since then, the 36-year-old actor has starred in several critically acclaimed hits including the Tamil romantic psychological thriller 3, Telugu blockbusters Premam, Allu Arjun starrer Race Guram and Pawan Kalyan Vakil Saab. In an interview with PTI, Shruti said, “I feel lucky to have been able to successfully navigate the ups and downs of the industry over the years.”
” I feel blessed to see my journey. In any job, it’s amazing to be able to keep it for so long. Being relevant, working, and wanting – especially in the business I do – where people, work, and loyalty can be fleeting – is difficult. It’s extremely competitive. I’m so thankful to be able to be here after all these years. ” The actor and singer said that when he started his film career, he did not have the instinct to relate to stories as an artist. Luckily her initial choices reflected that. The action thriller directed by Soham Shah is considered to be one of the biggest films of this year, but failed at the box office.
” I understand, everything is about stories. In the beginning, when I chose a film like Luck, I was well prepared and did not have the ability to relate to the stories – I had it as a musician, but not in a (understandable) way like character development. . Over time, I have learned how excited I am to tell a story. ” Shruti’s appearances in Hindi films are less than in her Tamil and Telugu films.
Although she has acted in some big ticket Hindi films like Multistarrer Comedy Welcome Back, John Abraham Rocky Handsome or Filmmaker Nikhil Advani’s acclaimed D-Day, she found most of her success in South India.
The Telugu and Tamil film industries used my craft better than Hindi films. What happened is very logical. I have always been told that if you focus on Hindi, you need a determined strategy and focus on Hindi. I’ve done great ticket movies like Welcome Back or D Day, and I got a lot of love for it.
” I am very confident and respectful of my roots and I love the South Indian film industry. There is no way I can be like ‘I will say no to this Telugu film, so let’s make a Hindi film’. That was never on my agenda. Maybe, I paid the price for it. There is nothing bigger than the other. ” Shruti said, ” I realized it was important to go where you are accepted and loved and develop that relationship. She said that she has finally found a home in the Telugu film industry, where she has acted in some big hits.
“I found an unexpected and loving home there,” she said.
After appearing in the Tamil and Telugu anthologies Putham Puthu Kalai and Pita Kathalu respectively, Shruti is gearing up for the title of the upcoming Prime Video Psychological Thriller Series Bestseller.
Produced by filmmaker Siddharth Malhotra, the eight-episode Amazon original series is considered a suspense thriller.
” When the show came to me, I was very excited. I’m a huge OTT fan, and I’m a notorious over-observer. I always knew I had to do a story led by women in OTT. So, when Siddharth Malhotra called me for this and listened to the story, I really liked it. I loved the opportunity I got as a performer. This is a beautiful script and it’s very fast, ” she added.
Bestseller is directed by Mukul Abhyankar and scripted by Anvita Dutt and Altia Kaushal. The show also stars Mithun Chakraborty, Arjun Bajwa, Gauhar Khan, Satyajeet Dubey and Sonali Kulkarni.
Apart from this, Shruti is also starring with Prabhas in KGF director Prashant Neil’s underworld action thriller Salar.