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Shruti Haasan
Shruti Haasan at South Indian International Movie Awards 2013 72.jpg
Haasan at South Indian International Movie Awards 2013
Born Shruti Rajalakshmi Haasan
(1986-01-28) January 28, 1986 (age 28)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Ethnicity Indian
Occupation Actress, Singer, Model, Dancer, Musician
Years active 2000–present
Parents Kamal Haasan
Sarika Thakur
Relatives Akshara Haasan (sister)
Charuhasan (uncle)
Chandrahasan (uncle)
Anu Hasan (cousin)
Suhasini Maniratnam (cousin)

Shruti Rajalakshmi Haasan (born 28 January 1986) is an Indian actress, singer and musician who works in the South Indian film industries and Bollywood. Her parents are noted actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika.[1]

As a child artist, she sang in films and appeared in a guest role in a film called Benki Shivanna, before making her adult acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood action drama, Luck. She later went on to win critical acclaim for her role in the Walt Disney fantasy film in Telugu, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, Oh My Friend and 7aum Arivu. In 2012, she starred in Gabbar Singh, a Telugu remake of Dabangg, which also was her first major commercial success as an actress. After several successful films like Balupu, Ramayya Vasthavayya, Yevadu and Race Gurram, she established herself as one of the leading contemporary actress in the Telugu film industry. Apart from achieving success in the Telugu film industry, Haasan is also regarded as one of the most promising contemporary actresses of Hindi cinema, with her being signed on to act in several high profile projects like Gabbar and Welcome Back, which are currently under production. In a recent poll conducted by Chennai Times Shruti topped the list of most desirable women. [2]

She has also continued her stint in music through work as a singer in Indian languages, a career in music direction beginning with her father's production Unnaipol Oruvan and her own music band and album.

Early life[edit]

Shruti Haasan was born on 28 January 1986 to actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur in Chennai, India.[3] Her younger sister Akshara represents India nationally for Ballroom Latin dancing.[4] Haasan studied at Abacus Montessori School in Chennai and moved to Mumbai to study psychology at St. Andrew's College.[5]

Haasan shifted her focus to cinema and music, and eventually travelled to the USA to continue to learn music at the Musicians Institute in California, before returning to Chennai.[6]

Career[edit]

2009–11: Debut and early career[edit]

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.[7] Despite Madhavan admitting that the news "was premature",[8] she eventually did sign up to the film, which was titled Endrendrum Punnagai,[9] only to be stalled prior to production.[10]

Shruti began her career with big budget films backed by well known production houses — Anaganaga O Dheerudu in Telugu, 7aum arivu in Tamil (dubbed as Seventh Sense in Telugu) and Luck in Hindi, but none of them were commercial hits. Soon she was branded unlucky. “It was a tough phase and the criticism was unrealistic. I learnt not to take both criticism and appreciation to heart. I’ve relied on hard work than luck. It’s amazing how the same people who felt I was unlucky turned around and had good things to say when my films did well. I’ve worked hard to reach where I am and really happy that my recent films have gone on to become big hits,” she says.

" Acting is an extension of what my family is known for. Cinema is what I knew as a child. "[11]

Shruti’s recent films have seen her as a quintessential glamorous heroine, a contrast to what she did in Nikhil Advani’s D-Day. “In terms of how I enact the roles, the approach towards D-Day and the commercial films have been completely different, but my commitment and integrity have remained the same. I am a director’s actor and go with his vision,” she insists.

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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".[15] 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 "synthetic and fails to impress".[16][17] 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.[18]

Shruti Haasan TeachAIDS Recording Session in 2010

She made her Telugu debut in January 2011, acting opposite Siddharth in the fantasy adventure film Anaganaga O Dheerudu directed 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.[19] 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.com wrote that she "looks beautiful and has a mystical aura about her".[20][21] The film however became a commercial failure at the box office, and the film failed to capitulate on a hefty promotional campaign that had been undertaken.[clarification needed] 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 and Shazahn Padamsee. The film portrayed her as Nikki Narang, the step-daughter of an ex Miss India model, with Hashmi's character falling for both mother and daughter.[22] 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";[23] however the film went on to become a commercial success at the box office.[24] 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.[25] The director signed after he felt she looked the part of the scientist, mentioning that she seemed "intelligent and beautiful".[26] 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.[27][28] A critic from The Hindu noted "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".[29] 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.[30] 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."[31]

2012–present: Success and recent work[edit]

Shruti Haasan was next seen in Aishwarya Dhanush's directorial debut 3, a romantic drama film co-starring Dhanush. Aishwarya revealed that she had written the script with Shruti Haasan in mind but date problems meant that the film began its shoot with Amala Paul instead. However in a turn of events, Shruti was re-signed to play the character of Janani, and the film gained much hype prior to release due to the collaboration of herself and Aishwarya, being the daughters of the two leading contemporary Tamil actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth as did the success of the song Why This Kolaveri Di?. The film opened in March 2012 to positive reviews with a critic noting "Shruti Hassan has come a long way,"[32] though the film only garnered average returns at the box office. Her second release in 2012 was Harish Shankar's Telugu film Gabbar Singh, a remake of the 2010 Hindi film Dabangg, with the version featuring her alongside Pawan Kalyan. Shruti had signed the film in November 2011 replacing Ileana D'Cruz who had opted out, and played the role of Bhagyalakshmi, a village girl, which had been essayed by Sonakshi Sinha in the original version. The film went on to become a major commercial success at the box office and brought in more film offers for Haasan.[33] Critics also gave her performance a favourable verdict citing that she "justifies her role" and "though she didn't have much of a role, she has left her mark."[34][35]

Shruti Haasan gives a behind-the-scenes interview at TeachAIDS animations at Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad

In 2013, she appeared in the Telugu action film Balupu opposite Ravi Teja, which eventually became a "super hit" at the Indian box office.[36] Haasan mainly received positive reviews for her performance, with critics noting that she "provides the fun in the film with glamor and verve".[37] Later that year, Haasan made a comeback to Hindi films, with Prabhu Deva's Ramaiya Vastavaiya and Nikhil Advani's D-Day.[38] The films emerged as moderate successes and Haasan received generally positive reviews for her performances.

Her first release of 2014, the Telugu film Yevadu opposite Ram Charan Teja, emerged as a major commercial success. Her second Telugu release of the year, Race Gurram, had Haasan star opposite Allu Arjun for the first time in her career. The film was released on April 11, 2014, and eventually emerged as a "blockbuster" success. Along with the rest of the film, Haasan received positive reviews for her performance, with one critic noting that she "plays her part well and looks glamorous".[39]

Upcoming projects[edit]

As of June 2014, Haasan has completed work on the Hindi language action drama Gabbar opposite Akshay Kumar,[40] and is currently shooting for three other Hindi language films, Anees Bazmee's comedy Welcome Back opposite John Abraham, Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar,[41] Tigmanshu Dhulia's drama Yaara opposite Vidyut Jamwal, Amit Sadh and Irrfan Khan,[42] and Rocky Handsome, opposite John Abraham.[43] Haasan is also currently shooting for Poojai, a Tamil action masala film opposite Vishal,[44] and the Telugu action comedy film Aagadu opposite Mahesh Babu and Tamannaah, in which she appears in an item number.

Other work[edit]

Singing[edit]

Shruti Haasan sang her first song aged just six in her father's Thevar Magan in the composition of Ilaiyaraaja. While in school, Haasan made her singing debut in the Hindi language film, Chachi 420, singing a duet with her father who also directed the film.[45] Shruti sang the bilingual versions of the title theme, Rama Rama with her father, in Hindi and in Tamil for the movie Hey Ram. The album from Ilayaraaja, which was critically praised, won Haasan accolades for her efforts with Screen India saying that she "has the makings of a good singer, and with some training she should go great guns."[46]

Shruti Hassan at a concert in early 2007

Shruti sang along with veteran singer K. J. Yesudas for the film En Mana Vaanil (2002) under Ilaiyaraaja's music. She has sung for Gautham Menon's Vaaranam Aayiram under the composition of Harris Jayaraj. As of November 2008, Haasan is also midway through her untitled debut album, which she has composed, written and sung, and is set for release in mid-2009.[47] A further song was recorded with her voice for her Hindi film, Luck.

In September 2010, Haasan collaborated with Dave Kushner for the film, Hisss.[48][49] Whilst Kushner composed the track, Shruti wrote the lyrics, sang and appeared in a promotional video for the film.[50]She recently lent her voice for a Telugu film Aagadu which was confirmed by director Srinu Vytla via Twitter .[51]

Music composing[edit]

After much speculation, Shruti Haasan was finalized as the music composer of the Tamil film Unnaipol Oruvan, which was released in 2009.[52] The bilingual was a remake of the successful Hindi film, A Wednesday!. The soundtracks of both the projects are separate. Apart from this, Shruti is also the vocalist of an alternative rock band The Extramentals.

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Hey Ram Shruti Rajesh Patel Tamil
Hindi
Cameo appearance
2009 Luck Ayesha
Natasha
Hindi
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Priya Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut - South[53](also for 7aum Arivu)
2011 Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji Nikki Narang Hindi
2011 7aum Arivu Subha Srinivasan Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South[53](also for Anaganaga O Dheerudu)
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2011 Oh My Friend Siri Chandana Telugu
2012 3 Janani Tamil Asiavision Movie Award for Excellence in Tamil[54]]
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2012 Gabbar Singh Bhagyalakshmi Telugu
2013 Balupu Shruti Telugu
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya Sona Hindi
2013 D-Day Suraiya Hindi Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 Ramayya Vasthavayya Amullu Telugu
2014 Yevadu Manju Telugu
2014 Race Gurram Spandana Telugu
2014 Aagadu Film has yet to be released Telugu Special appearance
2014 Poojai Film has yet to be released TBA Tamil Filming
2014 Welcome Back Film has yet to be released Pardarshi Hindi Post-production
2015 Gabbar Film has yet to be released Devaki Hindi Post-production
2015 Rocky Handsome Film has yet to be released Rukshida Hindi Filming
2015 Yaara Film has yet to be released TBA Hindi Filming
2015 Vijay 58 Film has yet to be released TBA Tamil Pre-Production Films that have not yet been released

As playback singer[edit]

Title Year Film Composer Notes
"Potri Paadadi Ponna 1992 Thevar Magan Ilaiyaraaja
"Jaago Gori" 1997 Chachi 420 Vishal Bhardwaj
"Ram Ram" 2000 Hey Ram Ilaiyaraaja
"Roattorap Paattuch Chaththam" 2002 En Mana Vaanil Ilaiyaraaja
"Adiye Kolluthe" 2008 Vaaranam Aayiram Harris Jayaraj
"Aazma (Luck Is The Key)" 2009 Luck Salim-Sulaiman
"Allah Jaane" Unnaipol Oruvan Shruti Haasan Edison Award for Best Introduced Music Director
"Unnaipol Oruvan"
"Vaanam Ellai"
"Allah Jaane" Eenadu Shruti Haasan
"Eenadu"
"Ningi Haddu"
"Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam" 2010 A. R. Rahman
"Nenapidu Nenapidu" Prithvi Manikanth Kadri
"Beyond The Snake" Hisss Dave Kushner
"Evan Ivan" 2011 Udhayan Manikanth Kadri
"Yellae Lama" 7aum Arivu Harris Jayaraj
"Sri Chaitanya Junior College" Oh My Friend R. Anil
"Sokkupodi" Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal G. V. Prakash Kumar
"Kannazhaga Kaalazhaga" 2012 3 Anirudh Ravichander Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer
"Tan Ye Mera" 3 (Hindi)
"Kannuladha Kaaluladha" 3 (Telugu)
"Alvida" 2013 D-Day Shankar Ehsaan Loy
"Shut Up Your Mouth" 2014 Yennamo Yedho D. Imman
"Down Down" Race Gurram S. Thaman
"Special Song" Aagadu S. Thaman
"Un Vizhigalil" Maan Karate­­ Anirudh Ravichander

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
2010 Luck Stardust Awards Kamla Pasand Exciting New Face Nominated
Unnaipol Oruvan Edison Awards Best Introduced Music Director Won
2012 7aum Arivu Vijay Awards Best Debut Actress Nominated
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress — Tamil Nominated
Best Female Debut Won
Anaganaga O Dheerudu Won
CineMAA Awards Best Female Debut Won
2013 3 Asiavision Awards Excellence in Tamil Won
Edison Awards Best Actress Nominated
Vijay Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Nominated
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress — Tamil Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil Nominated
SIIMA Awards Best Actress - Tamil Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil Nominated
Shruti Haasan Stylish Actress of South Indian Cinema Won
Gabbar Singh Best Actress - Telugu Won
CineMAA Awards CineMAA Award for Best Actress Nominated
2014 D-Day IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated

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