There is a lot going for Shruti Haasan in the near future. The actress will soon be seen in the highly anticipated Salaar opposite Prabhas, and she is working on her music as well. The Free Press Journal caught up with her for an exclusive telephonic interview. Excerpts:
What’s up on the film front? How was it working with Prabhas in Salaar?
To be honest, I can’t reveal much about my character. But I am really happy to be working on a character where I get to try something new. Also, working with the team has been superb. Working with director Prashanth Neel and Prabhas is a pleasure, and we are having the best time working on this project.
Can you elaborate on the projects you are filming at the moment?
I am currently in Hyderabad for the shoot for Salaar. I am also doing two other films in Telugu, which I can’t brief you on.
Tell us something about your untitled film with Chiranjeevi.
I am super excited about it. Of course, he is a legend. I really love my role. It is extra strong, that’s what I can say. I am so looking forward to watching that film.
What are your future films?
I can’t reveal much. Currently, I am not working on anything in Hindi, but I am in talks.
What’s happening on the musical front?
I have some music coming out, and we will be talking about it very soon. I really hope people like it because it’s something very special to me. I can’t say more, but I promise something is coming out soon. I did songs from childhood. I would always go back home and sit with my piano. I have 50 to 60 songs. I came into the industry at a time when being a multi-tasker was never respected at all. Now, things have changed. They appreciate an actor who can write or perform. A director can multi-task. I was constantly told, ‘Bhai aap ek cheez par focus karo. Abhi aap acting kar rahe ho toh issi par dhyan dijiye…music ke baare mein jyada baat mat kijiye'. This used to break my heart, honestly. Why should I limit my expressions? I think we all go through a time when we start listening to people a lot. Off late, that courage and confidence have come. I am also in a time conducive to people multitasking.
Tell us which music composers have influenced you the most?
The two people who have been extremely influential to me are, first and foremost, Ilaiyaraaja sir because he made me sing for the first time ever in my life. I was five and a half years old. I sang for my father’s film. I remember him calling me many times after that to sing. I learned so much working with him. He is such a legend. It’s a blessing that I can’t even elaborate in words.
And of course, I also grew up listening to A. R. Rahman sir’s music. Rangeela and Dil Se, which is an all-time favourite album. I not only love him for his films but also because he is awesome. He has a wonderful musical mind and is also really humble and wonderful to interact with. Every time I work with him (which has been very little), I not only learn about music but also about humility and how to communicate. It’s a kind of spiritualism when one can stay that grounded.
You have also worked with Vishal Bhardwaj. How was it?
I was extremely young when I worked with Vishal sir. I was in the background in Chachi 420. I always thought his music was fantastic, and he is a fantastic director. I would love to work with him in both capacities. I think he is genuinely amazing.