Cinema has made me stronger: Shruti Hassan

The glitz and glamour of cinema can change a person, but not the multifaceted Shruti Haasan, who believes it has only made her stronger. She says she is still the same person who enjoys doing what she likes and remains accessible to her friends.

Shruti sees cinema as more than just a job. “It becomes your world when you see it as art,” Shruti told IANS, and added that the frills and facade of the industry has 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. I’m still the same person for my friends and I still enjoy doing what I like,” she said.

Shruti had a shaky start to her career, with films such as Luck, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, and 7am Arivu not doing too well.

“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 said.

“What people see as a big failure, I don’t necessarily look at in the same manner. I’m proud of films like Oh My Friend and 7am Arivu because they were special. Something about them stands out even today,” Shruti added. It was with Pawan Kalyan’s Telugu actioner Gabbar Singh, a remake of Dabangg, that Shruti catapulted to the big league.

“I’ll always be grateful to Pawan Kalyan for giving me an opportunity to be part of the project. A star of his calibre could have easily said no to me. But he was very supportive and I’ll never forget it,” she said, expressing immense joy in reuniting with him in upcoming Telugu actioner Katamarayudu.

Basking in the success of SI3, the third part in the Singam franchise, Shruti feels proud to be part of the series. And now with three films in her kitty, including the mega-budget Tamil historic drama Sanghamitra, Shruti says she loves being busy.

“My work takes me everywhere. The only thing about travelling that gets to me is packing and unpacking. Otherwise, I really love my job and I’m grateful that I’m this busy,” she added.