In 2011, Shruti made her Telugu film debut with fantasy adventure film Anaganaga O Dheerudu, directed by Prakash Kovelamudi and co-starring Siddharth. The film received positive reviews and Shruti was also praised for her performance as a gypsy woman. However, the film tanked at box office. She won the Southern Filmfare for Best Debutante.
The same year, she appeared in an extended cameo role in Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, which was a commercial success. Shruti's performance, however, was panned by the critics.