Shruti Hassan is an Indian actress as well as singer well known for her work in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi language films. Through out her successful career, she has received three Filmfare Awards and has made herself as one of the leading actresses of South Indian cinema.
Biography and personal information
Name: Shruti Haasan
Born: 28 January 1986
Occupation: Actress, singer
Started working from 2009–present
Parent(s): Kamal hassan & Sarika thakur
As a child artist, she sang in films and appeared in a guest role in her father’s Hey Ram (2000), before making her adult acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood action drama,Luck. She later received critical acclaim for her role in the Walt Disney fantasy film in Telugu, Anaganaga O Dheerudu (2011), Oh My Friend (2011) and her Tamil debut 7aum Arivu(2011). After several successful films likeGabbar Singh (2012), Balupu (2013), Yevadu(2014), Race Gurram (2014) Srimanthudu(2015) and Vedalam (2015), she became one of the leading contemporary actress in Tamil and Telugu cinema. In a recent poll held by the Chennai, Haasan topped the list of most desirable women. She has also appeared in several successful Hindi films, including Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011),Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013), Gabbar Is Back(2015) and Welcome Back (2015).
In addition to acting, she continued her stint in music by working as a singer in Indian languages and become a well known playback singer in India. For her songs, she had received Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil and the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu. Nominations were “Kannazhaga Kaalazhaga” from the film 3(2012), “Yeandi Yeandi” from the film Puli(2015) and “Junction Lo” from the film Aagadu(2014). She began her career as a music director with her father’s production Unnaipol Oruvan and her own music band and album.
Haasan was born in Chennai. Her father is anIyengar while her mother is half Marathi and half Rajput. Her younger sister Akshara represents India nationally for Ballroom Latin dancing. Haasan studied at Abacus Montessori School in Chennai and moved to Mumbai to study psychology at St. Andrew’s College.
Haasan focused on cinema and music, and eventually traveled to the USA to continue learning music at the Musicians Institute in California. Hassan is one of the rare talent in Bollywood.
2009–11: Debut and early Career:
Haasan’s first appearance in a feature film was a cameo role as the daughter of Vallabhbhai Patel in the Tamil-Hindi bilingual Hey Ram, based on a murder attempt of Mahatma Gandhi, directed by her father Kamal Haasan. After rejecting prominent film offers, most notably the lead role in Venkat Prabhu’s Saroja, reports suggested in late 2007 that Haasan was set to make her actual acting debut in 2008 with a film opposite Madhavan directed by Nishikanth Kamat. Despite Madhavan admitting that the news “was premature”,she eventually did sign up to the film, which was titled Endrendrum Punnagai,only to be stalled prior to production.
Haasan eventually signed up to feature in Soham Shah’s Hindi film Luck opposite Imran Khan in July 2008, and shot for the film for nearly a year.
Imran Khan, her childhood friend, had recommended her name to the director and Haasan signed on after listening to the entire script and accepted to play a dual role in the action film.Shruti took part in action scenes during filming, while she also worked out to get a toned body for a sequence in which she appears in a bikini in the film. The film opened in July 2009 to unanimously poor reviews from critics and took a poor opening at the box office, with critics stating that she “deserved a better launch vehicle”. Reviewers were critical of her performance with Rajeev Masand of IBN stating that she delivers “dialogues with deadpan expressions”, while another critic added that she is perhaps”synthetic and fails to impress”.
Haasan then went on to appear alongiside Blaaze in the promotional videos for Unnaipol Oruvan and Eenadu, the bilingual films starring her father, which she had composed the music for. She made a further appearance in a promotional video for the horror film Hisss starring Mallika Sherawat, where she had also sung a song composed by Dave Kushner.
She made her Telugu debut in January 2011, acting opposite Siddharth in the fantasy adventure film Anaganaga O Dheerududirected by Prakash Kovelamudi son of director K. Raghavendra Rao. The film, co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, saw Shruti play a gypsy woman whose life coincides with a task that a blind swordsman, played by Siddharth.The film opened to positive reviews, with her performance being praised with a critic noting “Shruti looks quite attractive and makes a wonderful screen presence,” while a reviewer from Rediff.comwrote that she “looks beautiful and has a mystical aura about her”.The film however became a commercial failure at the box office, and the film failed to capitalize on a hefty promotional campaign that had been undertaken.
Her second Hindi feature film, Madhur Bhandarkar’s romantic comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, saw her appear in an extended guest appearance alongside an ensemble cast of Emraan Hashmi, Ajay Devgn andShazahn Padamsee. The film portrayed her as Nikki Narang, the step-daughter of an exMiss India model, with Hashmi’s character falling for both mother and daughter.Shruti’s performance gained poor responses from critics with a reviewer citing that her character has been “reduced to post-interval surfacing, last-ditch glamour” whilst another labelled hers as “so fake that she offers only disappointment”;however the film went on to become a commercial success at the box office.
In mid-2010, Shruti was signed by A. R. Murugadoss to star opposite Suriya in his next film 7aum Arivu, and the film’s shoot began in June later that year. The director signed after he felt she looked the part of the scientist, mentioning that she seemed “intelligent and beautiful”. Shruti played Subha Srinivasan, a young scientist in the film, who hopes to re-activate the genes of 5th century Buddhist monk Bodhidharma and her performance in the film won appreciation from critics. The film opened to mixed reviews, but became commercially successful.
A critic from The Hindunoted “rarely is a heroine given near-equal footing in Tamil films,” describing her as “ravishing but that she ought to work harder on spontaneity, and fine-tune her Tamil accent”, but concluded “the point is the actor shows promise”. Her next Telugu release was Oh My Friend, a romantic comedy film alongside Siddharth again, which also co-starred Hansika Motwani and Navdeep. The film told the story of childhood friends and that of their platonic friendship that went on in their adulthood as well and for the role Shruti Haasan went on to learn the dance of Kuchipudi. The film opened to average reviews with several critics claiming the film evoked a sense of “déjà vu”, though a reviewer noted “Shruti, on her part displays the same conviction.”