Shruti Hassan, the talented daughter of Kamal Hassan and Sarika recently discussed the topic of Nepotism in the film industry. She said:
“I am very, very proud of being Kamal Haasan and Sarika’s daughter. I am very proud of my surname, but I can also very proudly say that I have never used it to move ahead in my career.
It (my film background) only opened the door for me. But I can’t push my ways through those doors. I want my own name. I am sure a lot of people have accused me of nepotism. But I can say that I have never used nepotism. It’s been a little harder than most people for me.”
She stated how she loved music. Also, she talked about her first film, she added:
“A lot of youngsters who are now starting their careers are very well planned and organised. They have a goal and a strategy. These things were not there in my case. I just stumbled into the film industry. It sounds funny because of my parents.
I was a musician, and when I got my first film, then I just said, ‘Okay, let’s do it.’ I didn’t understand the seriousness of this field when I did my first film. Later, I fell in love with cinema and acting with my own perspective and not my parents’ side. From there, the responsibility has driven me further.
The honour of portraying somebody’s else life is one of the great things happened in my life.”
Her upcoming movie ‘Behen Hogi Teri’ is soon to hit the theatres. She talked about her role in the film as well. Her actual words were:
“Binny is one of the most fun characters that I have played because she is from Lucknow and has a lot of layers. Binny is actually based on a real-life character — it is based on our director’s (Ajay Pannalal) sister.
Before starting the shooting, he (Pannalal) sent me videos of his sister and told me a lot about her. There was a different kind of responsibility on me this time. A lot of girls will be able to relate to the character.”
Moreover, she does feel like there is any difference in Bollywood and South Film Industry. She does not find “any geographical difference between the two industries”.
“For me, the people who are part of the project or the nature of the project is what really brings the difference. Since childhood, I have grown up in a pan-Indian house.”
“So, I find it difficult to separate the regions of India because my mother (Sarika) is from Mumbai and my father (Kamal Hassan) is from the south. We talk in almost all languages in our house. So, I never saw any difference.”
‘Behen Hogi Teri’ is going to release on June 9. It also features Rajkumar Rao and Gulshan Grover in the leading roles.