Shruti Haasan opens up on her Telugu films ‘Waltair Veerayya’, ‘Veera Simha Reddy’, English film ‘The Eye’ and independent music

“2021 has been one of the busiest years of my career. There was a time when I looked back at the movies I was in and thought, ‘My life doesn’t make any sense,'” he said. , the actor and singer laughs. Shruti Haasan.She was filming back to back for Telugu entertainers Walter Veraya With co-star Chiranjeevi Veera Sima Lady Performed with Balakrishna, then to Greece. Eye, a female-centric independent British film. “Two months later I was dancing on the snow (for Walter Veraya “Nuvvu Sridevi nenu Chiranjeevi” song). The movie is otherworldly,” Shruti says over the phone, but after the bout of viral infection, she still can’t hear her and she’s coughing.

talk about Veera Sima Lady When Walter Veraya, opened to a packed house during Sankranti as expected, but Shruti bluntly admits that he signed these films because they were “expensive projects and heavily mounted.” “Honestly, I get different reactions to both films. People wanted to see more of me.” Veera Sima LadyI have known Gopi (directed by Gopichand Malineni) for many years and know that this film is centered around Balaya. long; His fans are very happy.Similarly, Sir Chiranjeevi’s fans are happy Walter VerayaBoth of these films are designed to celebrate their respective stardom, talent, and careers. I haven’t been on a big project for a while.I took a picture crack Published in 2021, but mostly in 2019. I came back to Telugu cinema after a while and wanted to be part of a big film. I am grateful for the opportunity.

Step into Sridevi’s shoes

Shruti Haasan in ‘Nuvvu Sridevi nenu Chiranjeevi song’ by ‘Waltair Veerayya’ | Photo Credit: Special Arrangements

With the limited scope she had, Shruti says she enjoyed her role Walter… The sequence that “frightened her” was having to recreate Sridevi’s dance moves from the song “Abbani teeyani debba”. Jagadeka Veerdu Atiloka Sundari“Usually I’m good at taking on challenges, but this one was scary, albeit for a few seconds. Mrs. Sridevi has been a big part of my family history. My father (Kamal Haasan) , has worked with her on so many films, and I’ve heard so much about her from him and my mother (Sarika).

By the way, Shruti’s hair stylist is Walter… I have worked with Sridevi before. “She told me that she probably couldn’t style my hair like Sridevi’s because they used rollers and the texture of the hair was different. While doing this segment, I felt deeply saddened that she was no more and became more aware of the impact she left on Indian cinema.”

a sequence of Walter… Features Shruti in action mode. What if she was offered a full-fledged action entertainer? “I would love to,” she replies. “I am a hyper-physical person and I love dancing and stunts. there is.”

The on-screen age difference between Shruti and Balakrishna and Chiranjeevi is one of the talking points of Sankranti films. “Once the producers and directors are satisfied with the casting, I think it’s their job to convince the audience that the on-screen pairing works, not mine.” I signed the movie. lettuce (directed by Prashanth Neel, starring Prabhas) was still in production. That’s why I voted for these projects, both released for Sankranti, by the way. “

This is Shruti’s 14th year in cinema. She oscillates between mainstream Indian entertainer, independent British film and independent music. I say it’s easy to switch. “I can’t think of any other reason. Aquarians are hard to box. I’m always looking for different things. I’m not very good at planning my career. It’s amazing to see the next generation of actors who are conscious of what kind of movie they should be doing.My choice was impulsive.If I were a chef, what kind of food would I bring to the table? You couldn’t have predicted it would come.”

sisterhood at work

move on to discussion EyeShruti, a psychological thriller produced by Melanie Dix, directed by Daphne Shumon and written by Emily Carlton, said she wanted to work with a female director years after working with Aishwarya Rajinikanth in Tamil cinema. say. 3“The writer and director have known each other since childhood. There was an existing sisterhood that I stepped into. I believe in sisterhood. Women share stories from empathic spaces.” When, that’s great,” Shruti said, pausing and adding. There is more depth and weight when women tell stories. When a team of women decides to work together, there is no competition or gap in armor. “

Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan | Photo credit: Adrin Sequeira

While working with male writers and directors, she found that she often had to interpret female characters herself. Eyeshe had extensive discussions with the women in her core team about why female characters act a certain way. raised a toast to

She admits that music is a big part of how she expresses herself, unlike movies where actors step into pre-written roles. No, but leaves an “emotional room” for listeners to step in and connect with them. “I am grateful and blessed to have been born into a film family. I love the light because I learned to appreciate my shadows.I also like to show my gray areas in my music.”

Readjustment and reinvention

Shruti took a two-year hiatus after 2017 and was working on an anthology when he returned. (Putham Pudu Kaalai Tamil and pitta catarrh in Telugu), exploring more independent music than before and featured in mainstream films). She seems to be enjoying this phase of her career, making it imperative to ask if the break helped her realign her approach to life and work. Shruti agrees, citing the example of Madonna she heard while growing up. “Maybe young people see Beyoncé as an example. I use musicians as an example because approaches to music and albums change over time. When they work on a new album, they simply wear new clothes. Or hiring a new songwriter, this change is the result of having a conversation with myself at a particular stage in my life about what I want to do in the next five or ten years.”

Shruti doesn’t have a five- or ten-year plan, but he felt the need to recalibrate and grow. She “wanted to approach her life with her new lens.” She now wants to continue working on content-driven films, collaborating with her new talents, and reinventing herself. “We’re so used to doing things that reinventing ourselves is daunting at first. But we have to do it.”

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