We know we have shared quotes from celebrities before about nepotism. But this interview with Shruti Haasan is just something else, which is why we decided to share what she said with Times of India here. Shruti is something else altogether. She might be the daughter of a huge superstar and talented actor, she still acts like she doesn’t know much. Like her comments on nepotism and how she wants people to go jump a cliff whenever they bring nepotism up. She did have an easy entry in the entertainment industry and she did work hard too. The point is, she was given opportunities after even going through a series of flops. This is what nepotism is about: having it easy because you are a star kid.
Speaking the way she does, Shruti sounds like a brat. She also said that she’s proud of the fact that she doesn’t endorse fairness products despite her being the darkest member of her family. Like, darkest in which shade? Beige or yellow? The hell she’s talking about when she looks like her mum and dad and has their shade of colour. Maybe she has an eye problem or she should put up lights near her mirrors.
Shruti got an easy entry in the movies. She started off as a singer in the South and her voice sounded like a child. She had the opportunity to perform on stage with big stars and AR Rahman watching her in the audience. It was like a high-school performance. How did she end up there on stage? Because her father is a huge star in the South. Check out the video below in case you think we are being mean or judgemental. By the way, that was her old nose in the video. Maybe this is why she had it altered! It was blocking her real voice from coming out. This performance was a long time ago, even before she entered films. She was dabbling in singing and performing with her band.
Her studio voice sounds much better though, like this Hindi song she sang in the studio.
Again, you can see how much she has changed her. She was so pretty back then, why the need for all these surgeries? If she was not happy with her face, she should have gotten the procedures done before she entered films. Not do it after your 2nd or 5th film.
Why would she say that nepotism doesn’t exist when it’s clear she had and has the upper hand in her career because she’s the daughter of Kamal Haasan. Her films in Bollywood haven’t work so much, but she’s getting quite steady work in the South. Still, it’s nothing to shout about since she’s only playing flower pot roles. Perhaps when her father will stop this obsession of having to take on all the roles in his film, he can make a nice film for her that centers around her. There’s also her sister, Akshara Haasan, to think about. Shruti and her dad are working together at the moment, but we will wait until we see the film to see how big of a role she has in it. Her mother, Sarika, is still very much acting in Bollywood movies. She’s getting good roles to do now.
Anyways, this post is about the Shruti Haasan interview, so please check out what she has to say about nepotism and other things, including how she enjoyed working on that ‘Kolaveri Di’ film. It’s a bit ironic considering how she supposedly has an affair with the hero of that film. The hero, Dhanush, is married to Rajnikanth’s daughter, who was the director of this film. They were reported to be together for quite a while. We don’t know if you remember this, but there was an incident where Shruti was attacked outside her apartment by her stalker. He strangled her or something. That was a huge thing, but she didn’t even file a police report. Know why? Because there’s a CCTV outside her apartment that the police wanted to take a look at. She didn’t officially file a report, as she didn’t want the police to look at the CCTV, which also had shots of her married-boyfriend stepping in and out of her apartment while he was doing a movie in Mumbai. We don’t want to say, “Like father, like daughter”, but it does seem that she is taking the same road. Wished she had some of his acting abilities too!
Shruti Haasan Interview
Shruti on how she became an actress
I was a musician before I became an actress. Though I’ve always been passionate about cinema, I never pictured myself in front of the camera. I wanted to write and maybe direct in the future, but destiny had other plans.
Shruti on how she’s her biggest fan
Today, I am my biggest fan and harshest critic, and I am here because of that. Now, when people say that they don’t like me, I turn around and tell them, ‘That’s great, have a cup of coffee by yourself’.
Shruti on how her father encouraged her to join films
They never insisted, but my father was the first person who encouraged me to act. He would say, ‘You would be great at it’. I wasn’t very good at it in the beginning. He said, ‘No problem. It’s because you didn’t prepare’. So, he has always been that pillar of strength.
Shruti on finally having her first hit in 2012
It was my biggest hit in that phase. Yes, it was a turning point because it meant that there were people who believed in me. I actually felt like I had won a vote of confidence fairly early in my career. 3 (Tamil) will also be a special film because it made me realise that when I am more collaborative with my director, my performances translate into much more than what is in the script. Landing the right film is like finding the perfect pair of jeans.
Shruti on how her parents never really helped her
I am very proud of my surname, but my parents have never really helped me. I am the nepotistic product of anti-nepotism. In the beginning, people would say, ‘Kamal Haasan aur Sarika ki beti hai’. I had to work for years to build my career.
Shruti on her reaction about nepotism
When people talk about nepotism, I want to tell them, ‘Please go jump off a cliff’. Even if you are not from the industry, you will have that one person helping you — technically, even that is nepotism.
Shruti on not endorsing any fairness product
Actors endorsing fairness products was also a huge controversy, recently. What are some of the products that you will never endorse?
I will never endorse a fairness product because I was not comfortable growing up being the darkest person in my family. And I never want other girls or guys to feel like that.
Shruti on having a relationship
I have been very bad at relationships because my focus has been on work. If anyone gets in the way of my work, I ask them to leave. It’s really about finding a person who loves his job, your job, you and himself. It’s a tricky balance.