She’s just had a release, Dil To Baccha Hai, that didn’t do much for her. But Shruti Haasan is not into post-mortems. “For me, it was a Madhur Bhandarkar film and so, too big an opportunity to pass up on,” says Kamal Haasan and Sarika’s daughter who plans to return to Bollywood midway through the year with another movie.
It’s still too early to disclose much about this project, insists the actor who is busy with two Telugu films that including the fantasy adventure, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and AR Murugadoss’s Tamil film, 7aam Arivu, opposite Suriya.
“My dad has done films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. He’s fluent in Marathi and Gujarati. I’ve never differentiated between regional and Hindi cinema and am happy that down south, I’m getting to do exciting and challenging work,” she says.
Yes, there are constant comparisons with dad but it doesn’t bother her. “You can’t compare him with actors who are his contemporaries so to expect a newcomer like me to match up, is unrealistic. The pressures would have been greater had I been a boy,” she laughs.
Shruti, who composed the soundtracks for the Tamil version of A Wednesday, Unnaipol Oruvan, starring her dad, had to take the tough call of letting music take a backseat so she could focus on her acting career. “But I still write music and some day soon, I want to get back to composing,” asserts the composer-actor who, last September, collaborated with Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver on a song for Hissss, Beyond the snake, that she wrote, sang and appeared in the promotional video for. This year, there could be a solo gig in LA, at the same venue where she performed earlier when studying there.
Shruti was the vocalist of an alternative rock band, The Extramentals, that disbanded after one of the founding members moved to the US. Now she has formed another pop-rock band, along with drummer Vasant, keyboard player Alok, bass player Naveen, guitarist Bruce Lee Mani. They performed for the first time at Hyderabad’s Hard Rock Café a couple of months ago. She says, “We are hoping for more gigs this year. I’d love to be back in Mumbai, playing live.”