Sense and sensibility

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“Today, I'm dessert for mosquitoes. Shooting with them is no fun. Scratch…”

T he dozen-word tweet sums up Shruti Haasan's serious engagement with films. City-hopping for the shoot of ‘3' (Tamil) and ‘Oh My Friend' (Telugu), she's clear about one thing – “Showbiz is a lot of hard work.” Shruti's major Tamil outing ‘7aum Arivu's has just released but there's no hint of angst as she takes questions in between shoots with a big wraparound smile.


‘7aum Arivu,' I would say, is something beyond a dream for me. ‘7aum Arivu' seemed like the perfect package — director Murugadoss, actor Suriya, camera ace Ravi K. Chandran and, of course, the incredibly talented Harris Jayaraj!


I play a scientist in the film. The script is a plausible one. I link the two dimensions in the lead actor Suriya's life. In a way, I'm a catalyst to the story's progress. I help the protagonist establish his link with time and connect with the past.


Director Murugadoss' success lies in his attention to detail. He is clear about what he wants. As for Suriya, he made me feel absolutely comfortable. He's talented and down-to-earth. When I told my friends I'm doing a film with him, they were like “Wow.” Ravi Chandran's work is sheer poetry. The songs are a treat. There are some amazing underwater shots that are soft and romantic. I love the songs for their choreography too. Harris weaves magic with his music. The appeal lies in the simplicity of his tunes.


Where is the time? Of course, I will not turn away from playback singing. As for composing independent music, there simply is no time. It's just taken the backseat for now. Music can never leave my life. I will someday get back to it and give it my 100 per cent.


I wish we had 48 hours a day so I can juggle my dates better! People think showbiz is a bed of roses. It's not. It's not an easy life. It's work, work and more work. But I've no regrets. I'm pushing myself hard to do as much work. Never mind the air and road journeys. Never mind the 3 a.m. shoots. I've been exposed to showbiz schedules from a young age. Mom and dad worked really hard to shape their respective careers.

T. Krithika Reddy



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