Shruti Haasan (born 28 January 1986) is an Indian film actress and singer who works predominantly in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi language films.
Born to the Haasan family, she is the daughter of actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur.
She is the recipient of several awards, including two Filmfare Awards South, and has established herself as one of the leading actresses of South Indian cinema.
As a child artist, Haasan sang in films and appeared in a guest role in her father’s directorial Hey Ram (2000), before making her adult acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood film Luck.
She achieved recognition with leading roles in the Telugu romantic comedy Oh My Friend (2011), the Telugu fantasy film Anaganaga O Dheerudu (2011), and the Tamil science fiction thriller 7aum Arivu (2011).
Her roles in the latter two earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South. Haasan went on to establish herself in South Indian cinema with several commercially successful films, including Gabbar Singh (2012), Vedalam (2015), Srimanthudu (2015), and Si3 (2017).
She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu for the action comedy Race Gurram (2015). Haasan’s Hindi film roles include the critically acclaimed crime film D-Day (2013), the action film Gabbar Is Back (2015), and the comedy Welcome Back (2015).
In addition to acting, Haasan is also an established playback singer.
She has received nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil for singing “Kannazhaga Kaalazhaga” in 3 (2012) and “Yeandi Yeandi” in Puli (2015); and the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu for “Junction Lo” in Aagadu (2014).
Haasan began her career as a music director with her father’s production Unnaipol Oruvan (2009) and has since formed her own music band.
Haasan was born to actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur in Chennai.
Her father is a Tamil, while her mother Sarika was born to a Maharashtrian father and Rajput mother.
Her younger sister Akshara Haasan is also an actress. Actor and lawyer Charuhasan is her uncle. Her cousins are actresses Anu Hasan and Suhasini Maniratnam.
Haasan studied at Lady Andal Venkatasubba Rao school in Chennai and moved to Mumbai to study psychology at St. Andrew’s College.
Haasan focused on cinema and music, and eventually traveled to the US to continue to learn music at the Musicians Institute in California, before returning to Chennai.
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 on 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.
Entitled Endrendrum Punnagai, the film was stalled before production began.
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.
Shruti took part in action scenes during filming and worked out extensively. The film opened in July 2009 to unanimously poor reviews from critics and took a poor opening at the box office, with critics stating that she “deserved a better launch vehicle”.
Reviewers were critical of her performance with Rajeev Masand of IBN stating that she delivers “dialogues with deadpan expressions”, while another critic added that she is perhaps “synthetic and fails to impress”. Haasan then went on to appear alongside Blaaze in the promotional videos for Unnaipol Oruvan and Eenadu, the bilingual films starring her father, which she had composed the music for.
She made a further appearance in a promotional video for the horror film Hisss, starring Mallika Sherawat, where she had also sung a song composed by Dave Kushner.
She made her Telugu debut in January 2011, acting opposite Siddharth in the fantasy adventure film Anaganaga O Dheerudu, directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, son of director K. Raghavendra Rao. The film, co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, saw Shruti play a gypsy with magic healing powers defended by a swordsman, played by Siddharth. The film opened to positive reviews, with her performance being praised with a critic noting: “Shruti looks quite attractive and makes a wonderful screen presence”, while a reviewer from Rediff.com wrote that she “looks beautiful and has a mystical aura about her”.
Her second Hindi feature film, Madhur Bhandarkar’s romantic comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, saw her appear in an extended guest appearance alongside an ensemble cast of Emraan Hashmi, Ajay Devgn and Shazahn Padamsee. The film portrayed her as Nikki Narang, the step-daughter of an ex Miss India model, with Hashmi’s character falling for both mother and daughter.
Shruti’s performance gained poor responses from critics with a reviewer citing that her character has been “reduced to post-interval surfacing, last-ditch glamour”, whilst another labelled hers as “so fake that she offers only disappointment”; however, the film went on to become a commercial success at the box office.
In mid-2010, Shruti was signed by A. R. Murugadoss to star opposite Suriya in his next film 7aum Arivu, and the film’s shooting began in June later that year. The director signed after he felt she looked the part of the scientist, mentioning that she seemed “intelligent and beautiful”. Shruti played Subha Srinivasan, a young scientist in the film, who hopes to re-activate the genes of 5th century Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, and her performance in the film won appreciation from critics. The film opened to mixed reviews, but became commercially successful.A critic from The Hindu noted: “rarely is a heroine given near-equal footing in Tamil films”, describing her as “ravishing but that she ought to work harder on spontaneity, and fine-tune her Tamil accent”, but concluded “the point is the actor shows promise”. Her next Telugu release was Oh My Friend, a romantic comedy film alongside Siddharth again, which also co-starred Hansika Motwani and Navdeep. The film told the story of childhood friends, and that of their platonic friendship that went on in their adulthood as well, and for the role Shruti Haasan went on to learn the dance of Kuchipudi.The film opened to average reviews with several critics claiming the film evoked a sense of “déjà vu”, though a reviewer noted: “Shruti, on her part displays the same conviction.”
Shruti Haasan was signed as a brand ambassador for the electrical appliance company Lloyd. She also endorses Emami Navratna cool talc.She is Brand Ambassador for Fossil Watches in India.
In a 2018 poll conducted by the Chennai Times, Haasan was named the most desirable women.