Shruti Haasan on Bollywood: “I’ve never played by those rules”


Shruti Haasan

She made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Luck’ (2009) alongside Imran Khan before moving on to do several South Indian movies but Shruti Haasan says she does not play by the rules of Bollywood.

‘Luck’ marked her first big screen appearance but the movie did not do well at the box office. Haasan then went on to win critical acclaim for her role in Telugu film ‘Anaganaga O Dheerudu’ (2011) followed then by her Tamil debut ‘7aum Arivu’ (2011), reports The Indian Express. “I made my debut in Hindi but it took that turn, for whatever reasons. It really wasn’t planned. Whenever I’ve worked here, I’ve enjoyed it. But it (Bollywood) is a different mindset, the different set of rules. I’ve never played by those rules,” Haasan said.

The 30-year-old star did do more Hindi films like ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ (2013), ‘D-Day’ (2013) and ‘Gabbar Is Back’ (2015), but says she has predominantly focused more on South Indian films. When asked if Bollywood directors haven’t tapped her full potential yet, Haasan replied, “I do feel that but I also think you can’t say ‘it’s because of this or that’. I think predominantly I’ve focused more on the South than Bollywood. I’ll be honest about it.”

She then said, “But in Hindi films, be it D-Day, Welcome Back, there is nothing in common. Even in South, my trajectory has been like that because I am a person who needs change. If it’s something interesting, something which I’ve never done, I’ll do it.” Haasan also explained that to do more Bollywood films one has to spend a lot of time in Mumbai. “Mumbai is also kind of place which I’ve realised is, it is a lot more important to be here as much as you can. Which I never am, at any place, at any point. If you go to South they’re like ‘but you are always in Mumbai.’ When I go to Hyderabad they’re like ‘You are always in Chennai’. I always wanted to be Pan-India and these are the fall backs of being one.”

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