April 01, 2012 15:43 IST
For someone whose father is the legendary Kamal Haasan and mother, the versatile Sarika, Shruti Haasan is bound to arouse expectations. She's talented but surprisingly, an independent soul. Already an accomplished singer, she is making her mark as an actress. Associated with projects down South, it's interesting to note that her first major acting break was in the Bollywood film Luck. In a candid chat with us, she talks about life, parents and her ambitions.
Question:You've acted in two Hindi movies and the responses haven't been entirely great. Do you regret them?
Answer:No, not at all. I relished working in both of them. The experience I gained is only going to enrich me.
Question:So does that mean you're open to Bollywood?
Answer: Off course. There's a misconception running around that I won't do Hindi films and stick with South Indian cinema.
Question:Talking of Kollywood, do you expect your upcoming flick 3 to be as viral as its song Kolaveri Di?
Answer:I wish! Even Dhanush and (music director) Anirudh weren't anticipating such a phenomenal reception but the song deserves all the success. As far as 3 is concerned, I can only hope audiences enjoy watching it as much as I did being a part of it.
Question:How come you don't feature in any of your dad's production? Is it a conscious decision?
Answer: Yes, it is. He isn't partial to me. If I were good enough to share the screen with someone of his calibre, he would have definitely cast me. And anyway he launched my career at the age of six! What more can I ask for?
Question:Do you consult your parents before signing up for a project?
Answer: Their opinion matters a lot to me. However, they encourage all my decisions. After all, I'll be the one dedicating, say 45 days or 80 days, to the project and I need to be 100 per cent assured.
Question:Is it an advantage or a disadvantage to have both parents as actors?
Answer: Well, I won't call them actors. They are artistes. To them, the very art form is supreme. I was lucky to grow up in a very artistic home where music played throughout the day and even a child's drawing was encouraged.
Question:What about your singing?
Answer:I can't compare the two as both are very different. I'm just happy that I get to channel my talent, be it in playback singing or in front of the camera. I'm a trained singer but not a trained actor so obviously, I'll take time to find my footing.
Question:You're pretty active on Twitter and interact a lot with your fans...
Answer: Many complain that I tweet a lot on food. Frankly speaking, it's wonderful to interact with folks who not only love you but also provide constructive criticism. It'd be almost impossible to get in touch with them otherwise.
Question:Are you single?
Answer: I'm boringly single.