Mumbai: Shruti Haasan, Kamal Haasan’s daughter, started her Bollywood career with ‘Luck’ in 2008 opposite Imran Khan. After spending three years in the South, the actress is back in Bollywood doing Prabhu Deva’s Ramaiya Vastavaiya.

Excerpts from the interview:

In D-Day you will be seen in a bold role. Was this a conscious decision?
Yes, this is the first time such an opportunity has come my way. I don’t like the run-of-the-mill stereotypical roles, where girls dance and sing around trees, this is why I accepted the role of sex-worker Suraiyya after some deliberation. I am shocked to know about the existence of prostitution in the society. The government is insensitive towards their rehabilitation. Human-trafficking on such a large scale is operating in the country, still no one seems to want to discuss it. The pain that these people go through should be brought to the fore.

How challenging or difficult was it to play the role of Suraiyya?
It was very difficult. Papa helped me out with the make-up, we had to make the bruise mark on the face of Suraiyya look real. Papa’s expertise in make-up is outstanding.

What is your opinion on making prostitution legal?
In my opinion, there should be an open discussion on this topic.

When did it first occur to you to join the film world?
Since my childhood, I wanted to be a part of cinema. It’s my good fortune that I was born in Kamal Hassan’s home. I was lucky to get to know the technicalities of film-making right from my childhood. But, trust me, no one ever encouraged or pressurized me to enter this field.
So what was the biggest advantage of being Kamal Hassan’s daughter?
Kamal Hassan is a great father. He loves me a lot. As far as profession is concerned, yes, it has helped me a lot. The doors of film industry opened for me easily, but I am trying to prove myself. I know that if I don’t prove myself, offers will dry up after some time.

Was it planned that you would debut with an action film?
No, I did not plan anything. I really liked the script of Luck. Soham was very clear-minded in his approach and thinking towards the film. The entire team of experienced actors Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Imran khan as well as new actors was good. In fact I got to learn a lot from all of them. Soham is a young director. Our tuning was really good. Now I am doing Ramaiya Vastavaiya, a pure romantic film.

What are your future plans?
I am in no hurry. I have got few offers but I will only talk about them once ‘D-Day’ releases. I want to do good work with good people and be happy.


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