Actor Shriya Saran, who grew up in Delhi, says the city is unsafe for women and that she used to step out of her house well-equipped. “I’ve lived in Delhi for a very long time. There is a lot of harassment in the city. It’s crazy. I remember carrying a safety pin all the time. It’s really sad that Delhi has become worse,” says the 30-year-old, who studied in Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, followed by Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College for Women, while she was here.
The actor, who has acted in films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English, is currently bagging praises for her performance in Deepa Mehta’s big-screen adaptation of author Salman Rushdie’s bestseller, Midnight’s Children.
Is she making way for an international film career after doing English films like The Other End of the Line and Cooking With Stella and now Midnight’s Children? “I’ve never planned anything. I’ve had a beautiful journey, and I’d like to take life like that,” says Shriya, who is, however, yet to hit the marquee in Bollywood despite having done eight Hindi films so far. Does she regret her Hindi film choices? “None at all! It’s very boring to regret. I’m just doing what I want to and I’m happy with it,” she says.