The feminine mystique

Shruti Haasan, actor

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Shruti Haasan will be seen next in Netflix’s four-part Telugu anthology, Pitta Kathalu. It is a woman-oriented project, with each story exploring the life and mind of a female character. The anthology, in which Haasan plays an emotionally-charged character called Divya, is a searing take on patriarchy, gender bias and prejudice.

Q\ Tell us about Pitta Kathalu.

A\ I was really excited about Pitta Kathalu as I loved the concept. I always wanted to work with the director and I thought this concept was really relevant to the things we are going through right now. So it was win-win for me.

Q\ Your presence in Telugu cinema continues to grow, with Gopichand Malineni’s Krack soon to release. Do you feel more accepted in the Telugu film industry?

A\ The Telugu industry has always been special to me. It is the first place where I enjoyed acceptance and success and that feeling grows! I am also really glad I could dub in Telugu for myself for Pitta Kathalu and I look forward to doing that more.

Q\ Can we expect to see more of you in Bollywood this year?

A\ Yes. I am currently working on a Hindi series to be aired on Amazon Prime. I am excited about it and cannot wait for people to see it.

Q\ Tell us about your upcoming film, Laabam, in which you play a lead role?

A\ Laabam is a film deeply rooted in an important social message. I am looking forward to people connecting with that and also so happy about the response to ‘Yazha Yazha’, the single from the film that just released. It is a beautiful song and I feel really happy to have sung it.

Q\ How would you compare your love for singing with that for acting?

A\ They both work as beautiful ways to express my artistic thought and emotions. They work in different ways but, within me, complement each other to make me feel emotions comprehensively as an artiste.

Q\ How do you assess yourself as an actor?

A\ I don’t. I don’t analyse my talent in the traditional way. I enjoy the process and I work and grow to be better connected to my understanding of the human emotion.