“Being born into stardom you start developing a perception at a very young age that fame is not the have-all.” Shruti Haasan was born to privilege with a fabled last name but is determined to create her own legacy. The cover star for JFW July opens up about her journey in life, she talks about her early memories of childhood, being broke, facing rejections, and finding her own way, shattering every misconception one might have about a star kid.
Today, it’s easy to say that Shruti Haasan has made a mark globally. Having starred in more than thirty movies across Kollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood, and a Hollywood TV series on the way, Shruti is also an internationally recognised musician who can perform Metal or Blues in London to a Tamil ‘kuthu’ in India. The journey here however, was far from being easy. Here are a few extracts from her cover story interview for JFW July!
I don’t attach myself to places; I make a home wherever I feel comfortable.
After spending the first seventy-five days of her lockdown in her apartment in Mumbai, Shruti only recently drove down to Hyderabad for work. “I can make a home anywhere. My memories of childhood are mostly associated with Chennai because I grew up there. I have a special connection with Hyderabad also since I’ve worked so much here. London feels like a home away from home, it’s a city that I love. I’m very nomadic that way. I don’t attach myself to places; I make a home wherever I feel comfortable.”
My memories of Chennai are great, filled with friends, music, love…
“I grew up in Chennai and I went to this amazing school called Abacus Montessori School. I studied there till 10th grade. It was a very utopian and a lovely environment to study and grow up in. I had a close circle of friends, very much like family. My friends from that school are still my best friends today.
“Nepotism is not just about my surname! I understand the privilege I bring with my surname, but….
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