Riding high on her Bollywood debut, Shruti Haasan spares time for a tête-à-tête.
What did your dad Kamal Haasan tell you after the trial of Luck in Chennai?
My dad is high on support but not high in praise. He liked the film, though. Gouthami (Kamal Haasan’s partner) did too and that’s encouraging because she’s a fab actress.
You were supposedly apprehensive of your dad’s reaction to the bikini shot?
Why would I be apprehensive? He’s changed my diapers, for God’s sake. And I was in a swimming pool, so I had to wear a swimsuit.
Did you have a trial for your mother, Sarika?
Has aligning with Kamal Haasan and Gouthami distanced you from your mother?
That you’ll have to ask her.
Are you apprehensive about being compared to your National Award-winning parents?
That wouldn’t be a fair comparison when I’m starting out. But I can’t discount the fact that I’m Kamal Haasan and Sarika’s daughter.
You’re looking to buy an apartment in Mumbai even though your mother already has one...
I intend to settle down here so I need a place of my own.
Has your sister, Akshara, seen the film?
She has. Both Subbulakshmi (Gouthami’s daughter) and Akshara have been like this adorable little team promoting Luck.
How much have your parents contributed to your growth, bothas an actress and as a person?
My dad has contributed to my growth as an artiste. As far as my personal growth goes, both have, 50-50.
Your father had wanted to launch you as an actress...
We’d spoken about it but decided against it.
Now that you’ve made a beginning, will you do a film with him?
Without a doubt, it would be an honour, a benchmark in your career.
What did you think of your father’s last release, Dasavataram?
I loved it in Tamil.
Would you ever agree to play 10 roles in a movie?
I’d play 50 if I was offered such a project. Wow, what a challenge!
Singer, composer, lyricist, actress... which role suits you best?
I want to do it all.
Considering that you’ve chosen to start out in Bollywood with a commercial entertainer like Luck rather than offbeat regional cinema, will you opt for glam over substance?
Any kind of performance can be meaningful. Even Luck is very real and for the most part, I was roughing it out. I did my own stunts. If there was something that I was told I couldn’t do because I was girl, I had to do it.
Like swimming with the sharks?
(Laughs) Yeah, though I made sure that they were fed before I dived in.
And running through fire?
That was easier than swimming with the sharks because I’ve always had this phobia about water.
Was it easy to be paired with childhood buddy, Imran Khan?
It was certainly easier and there were no inhibitions. My father says that on-screen chemistry means you can make love to a chair, table or even a curtain. I’d like to think I could do that.