Shruti Haasan is an Indian film actress, singer and musician known for her works in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films. She was born to veteran actor Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur.
As a child artist, she sang in films and appeared in a guest role in her father’s Hey Ram (2000), 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 her Tamil debut 7aum Arivu.
After several successful films like Gabbar Singh,Balupu, Yevadu, Race Gurram and Srimanthudu, she established herself as one of the leading contemporary actress in Tamil and Telugu cinema. In a recent poll conducted by Chennai Times Shruti topped the list of most desirable women. 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.
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.Despite Madhavan admitting that the news “was premature”, she eventually did sign up to the film, which was titled Endrendrum Punnagai, only to be stalled prior to production.
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.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.