Multi talented actress Shruti Haasan recalled an incident when Amitabh Bachchan attended an event for her father Kamal Haasan’s 1996 film, Indian. Shruti disclosed that she asked her father how come this happened then Kamal answered, “It is because we watch each other’s movies.” She has grown up amidst the cultural exchanges, which is the beauty of our country, Shruti added.
Shruti Haasan believes cultural exchange of artistes was inevitable and said she was a witness to it in her own family with mother Sarika and father Kamal Haasan. “I have grown up in this cultural exchange. I grew up between Mumbai and Chennai, went to a new place, learnt a new language Telugu to be a part of that industry. That is the beauty of our country,” she added.
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According to Shruti Haasan, the geographical and language barrier was first broken in a big way with S S Rajamouli’s two-part blockbuster Baahubali. Post to which the digital platforms offered the audience a chance to watch films in the original language.
“People like my dad and Rajini sir, were called legentsa and were given different treatment. But with Baahubali and then with OTT, there was a clear shift. With the entrance of streaming services, people were enabled with subtitles, and they preferred to watch those movies in their original language,” the Krack actor opined.
The Hindi audience has always been interested in Telugu, Tamil or Kannada films. This is the audiences’ demand that has pervaded the market, she added. In the sequence, the 36-year-old actor recalled a fan from Madhya Pradesh complimenting her for her performance in a dubbed Telugu film.
Rajamouli’s Baahubali franchise released between 2015-2017, is often hailed as a bridge between the North and South Indian cultural exchange. Hindi film stars Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn are now roped in Rajamouli’s RRR. On the other hand, Telugu star Vijay Deverakonda is making his Bollywood debut with Karan Johar supporting Pan-Indian movie Liger.