Shruti Haasan (born 28 January 1986) is an Indian actress and playback singer who primarily works in Telugu, Hindi, and Tamil films. She has received several awards, including two Filmfare Awards South and three SIIMA Awards. She was named to Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list in 2015 and 2016.
As a child artist, she sang in films and did a guest role in her father's directorial Hey Ram (2000) before making her acting debut with Hindi film Luck (2009), for which she received a Stardust Award nomination for Superstar of Tomorrow - Female. She made her Telugu debut with Anaganaga O Dheerudu and her Tamil debut with 7aum Arivu, both in 2011, for which she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut - South. Haasan later established herself in South Indian cinema with successful Telugu films such as Gabbar Singh (2012), Balupu (2013), Yevadu, Race Gurram both (2014), Srimanthudu (2015), Premam (2016), and Krack (2021). She won the SIIMA Award for Best Actress - Telugu for her roles in Gabbar Singh, Race Gurram, and Srimanthudu. She also received a Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu for Race Gurram.
Haasan rose to prominence with the Telugu films Oh My Friend (2011) and Veera Simha Reddy (2023), as well as the Tamil films Vedalam (2015) and Si3 (2015). (2017). Haasan is also well-known for her work in Hindi cinema. She received an IIFA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in D-Day (2013). Her other notable films include Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013), Gabbar Is Back (2014), and Welcome Back (2015). (2015). Waltair Veerayya was Haasan's most successful release (2023).
In addition to her acting career, Haasan is a well-known playback singer with her own band. She is a well-known brand and product endorser.
Early life and family
Akshara, Kamal, and Shruti Haasan were born on 28 January 1986 in Madras (present-day Chennai) to actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur. Her father is a Tamilian Brahmin Iyengar, and her mother is the daughter of a Maharashtrian father and a Rajput mother. Her parents married when she was one and divorced in 2004. Haasan's younger sister, Akshara Haasan, is also an actress. Her uncle is actor and lawyer Charuhasan. Suhasini Maniratnam and Anu Hasan are her cousins.
Haasan attended Lady Andal School in Chennai before moving to Mumbai to study psychology at St. Andrew's College. Haasan concentrated on cinema and music, eventually travelling to the United States to continue his musical education at the Musicians Institute in California before returning to Chennai.
Also see Shruti Haasan's filmography.
Debut and early career (2009–2011)
Her first appearance in a feature film was as a child artist in a cameo role as Vallabhbhai Patel's daughter in the Tamil-Hindi bilingual Hey Ram, based on a murder attempt on Mahatma Gandhi and directed by her father Kamal Haasan. After declining prominent film offers, most notably the lead role in Venkat Prabhu's Saroja, reports in late 2007 suggested that Haasan was set to make her actual acting debut in 2008 with a film opposite Madhavan directed by Nishikant Kamat. The film, titled Endrendrum Punnagai, was shelved before production began.
In July 2008, Haasan agreed to appear in Soham Shah's Hindi film Luck, opposite Imran Khan, and worked on the project for nearly a year. Imran Khan, her childhood friend, had recommended her name to the director, and Haasan agreed to play a dual role in the action film after listening to the entire script. Shruti worked out a lot and took part in action scenes while filming. 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 later appeared alongside Blaaze in the promotional videos for Unnaipol Oruvan and Eenadu, the bilingual films starring her father for which she composed the music. She also appeared in a promotional video for the horror film Hisss, starring Mallika Sherawat, in which she sang a song composed by Dave Kushner.
She made her Telugu debut in January 2011, opposite Siddharth in the fantasy adventure film Anaganaga O Dheerudu, directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, son of director K. Raghavendra Rao. Shruti played a gipsy with magical healing powers who is 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 as an extended guest star alongside Emraan Hashmi, Ajay Devgn, and Shazahn Padamsee. In the film, she played Nikki Narang, the stepdaughter of an ex-Miss India model, with Hashmi's character falling for both mother and daughter. Critics panned her performance, with one saying she was "reduced to post-interval surfacing, last-ditch glamour," while another said she was "so fake that she offers only disappointment"; however, the film was a box office success.
AR Murugadoss signed Haasan to star opposite Suriya in his next film, 7aum Arivu, in mid-2010, and filming began in June of that year. The director signed after he felt she looked the part of the scientist, mentioning that she seemed "intelligent and beautiful". [citation required] She portrayed Subha Srinivasan, a young scientist who hopes to reactivate the genes of 5th century Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, in the film, and her performance received praise from critics. The film received mixed reviews at first, but it was a commercial success. 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". Oh My Friend, a romantic comedy film co-starring Hansika Motwani and Navdeep, was her next Telugu release. The film told the story of childhood friends and their platonic friendship that lasted into adulthood, and Shruti Haasan went on to learn the Kuchipudi dance for the role. The film received mixed reviews, with several critics claiming it evoked a sense of "déjà vu," though one reviewer noted: "Shruti, on her part, displays the same conviction."
Breakthrough, success, and acclaim (2012–2017)
Exhibit magazine's cover launch with Haasan
Aishwarya Dhanush's directorial debut 3, a romantic drama film co-starring Dhanush, marked a watershed moment in Haasan's career. Aishwarya revealed that she wrote the script with Shruti Haasan in mind, but due to scheduling conflicts, the film began shooting with Amala Paul instead. However, due to the collaboration of herself and Aishwarya, being the daughters of the two leading contemporary Tamil actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, as well as the success of the song "Why This Kolaveri Di?", Shruti was re-signed to play the character of Janani, and the film gained much hype prior to release. The film premiered in March 2012 to positive reviews, with one critic remarking, "Shruti Hassan has come a long way," though it only received average box office returns. Harish Shankar's Telugu film Gabbar Singh, a remake of the 2010 Hindi film Dabangg, was her second release in 2012. She played Bhagyalakshmi, a village girl, who was originally played by Sonakshi Sinha. The film went on to become a major commercial success at the box office, resulting in more film offers for Haasan. Critics praised her performance, saying she "justifies her role" and "though she didn't have much of a role, she has left her mark."
In 2013, she co-starred in the Telugu action film Balupu with Ravi Teja, which went on to become a "superhit" at the Indian box office. She received positive reviews for her performance, with critics noting that she "provides the fun in the film with glamour and verve". Later that year, she appeared in two Hindi films, Prabhu Deva's Ramaiya Vastavaiya and Nikkhil Advani's D-Day. In the latter, a spy thriller, she played a prostitute involved with a suspended army officer. She also sang "Alvida," a song for the film. Palomi Sharma of Rediff.com wrote that Haasan was "perfect as a Karachi prostitute with a haunting aura about her" in her review of the film. For the first time, she appeared in the Telugu action film Ramayya Vasthavayya alongside Jr. NTR. Critics gave the film a mixed reaction.
Her first release of 2014, the Telugu film Yevadu, in which she co-starred with Ram Charan, was a huge commercial success. Race Gurram, her second Telugu release of the year, saw Haasan co-star with Allu Arjun for the first time in her career. The film was a "blockbuster" success. Along with the rest of the film, she received positive reviews for her performance, with one critic noting that she "plays her part well and looks glamorous". She also had a Tamil release, Poojai, opposite Vishal, and performed her first item number in the Telugu action comedy film Aagadu, starring Mahesh Babu and Tamannaah.
In 2015, Haasan performed her second item number in the Hindi film Tevar, alongside Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. Next, she appeared in multiple films in such as the Hindi film Gabbar Is Back opposite Akshay Kumar, Koratala Siva's Telugu action film Srimanthudu opposite Mahesh Babu, Anees Bazmee's comedy Welcome Back, alongside John Abraham, Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar and the Tamil films Puli, co-starring Vijay and Vedalam, opposite Ajith Kumar, marking her first collaboration with both the actors.
In 2016, she appeared in Rocky Handsome for the second time, opposite John Abraham, and in the Telugu film Premam, opposite Naga Chaitanya, which was a remake of the Malayalam film Premam. She was cast as a warrior in Sundar C's fantasy film Sangamithra. She opted out of the film, citing scheduling conflicts.
In 2017, she appeared in Katamarayudu, her second collaboration with Pawan Kalyan, Si3, her second collaboration with Suriya, and Behen Hogi Teri alongside Rajkummar Rao. She made her American television debut in 2019 with the action drama series Treadstone, in which she played a recurring role.
Hiatus, return to films, and recent work (2018–present)
Following a three-year hiatus from Indian films, Hassan returned in 2020 with the short film Devi, followed by Yaara opposite Vidyut Jammwal, and in the Amazon Prime anthology film Putham Pudhu Kaalai, in which she appeared in the segment Coffee, anyone? directed by her cousin Suhasini Maniratnam.
Later that year, in 2021, she co-starred with Ravi Teja in the Telugu action film Krack, their second collaboration following the 2013 film Balupu. She also appeared in the Mahesh Manjrekar film The Power alongside Jammwal. Later that year, she appeared in three other films: Pawan Kalyan's Vakeel Saab, Netflix anthology Pitta Kathalu in a segment directed by Nag Ashwin, and Vijay Sethupathi's Laabam.
Hassan will co-star with Prabhas in Salaar as Aadya. Her Kannada film debut will be with this project. She will also appear alongside Nandamuri Balakrishna for the first time in Gopichand Malineni's Veera Simha Reddy. She has also agreed to co-star with Chiranjeevi in K. S. Ravindra's Waltair Veerayya.
Shruti Haasan discography
Haasan made her television debut in 2018 as a host on the Tamil show Hello Sago. She made her American television debut as Nira Patel in Treadstone. Best Seller was her Hindi web debut in 2022. According to the Times of India, "Shruti Haasan de-glams for Meetu Mathur, and after a few initial moments of discomfort in front of the camera, her act picks up pace."
She appeared in the short film Devi in 2020. It depicts nine women who are forced into a sisterhood by circumstance and are compelled to share their abuse stories. According to Hindustan Times, "Shruti Haasan is a glam diva who speaks only sparingly. She, Kajol, and Neha Dhupia lead the spirited group of women."
Haasan is a well-known playback singer in addition to his acting career. She has been nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil for singing "Kannazhaga Kaalazhaga" in 3 (2012) and "Yendi Yendi" in Puli (2015), as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Telugu for "Junction Lo" in Aagadu (2014). She has also performed songs in Hindi films such as "Aazma (Luck Is The Key)" for Luck, "Alvida" for D-Day, and "Joganiyan" for Tevar.
Haasan began her career as a music director with her father's production Unnaipol Oruvan (2009) and has since formed her own music band. At the Edison Awards, she won Best Music Director for Unnaipol Oruvan. According to Screen India, she "has the makings of a good singer, and with some training she should go great guns."
Personal life and other work
Haasan at an event
Haasan is dating self-taught visual artist Santanu Hazarika.
Haasan is involved in numerous social causes. She has worked with the RPG foundation, an NGO dedicated to women's empowerment. She participated in Julio Ribeiro's 2014 flood relief campaign in Jammu and Kashmir. She made a significant contribution to the cause. She organised an online clothes sale and promoted circular fashion for the Bal Asha Trust in Mumbai. In 2019, she participated in a painting exhibition to raise funds for children at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children.
In 2014, she lent her voice to the TeachAIDS digital campaign to raise AIDS awareness. Haasan attended the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, where she also walked the red carpet for British author Neil Gaiman. She has also walked the runway at Lakme Fashion Week and appeared on the covers of several magazines.
Lloyd, an electrical appliance company, hired Haasan as a brand ambassador. She also endorses Emami Navratna cool talc. In India, she is a Fossil watch brand ambassador.
Haasan has performed at film awards and events. She has also performed in London. She was appointed as WWF India's brand ambassador. Haasan also held an online session on social issues such as mental health, women in film and media, and fashion sustainability.
Artistry and public image
Haasan is widely regarded as one of Telugu cinema's most popular actors. According to various media reports, she is one of the highest paid actresses in South Indian cinema.
Haasan in 2017
With her debut films Anaganaga O Dheerudu and 7aum Arivu, critics stated that, "she shows promise.". Her career reached a tipping point with 3. She went on to receive praise for her roles in several mainstream Telugu and Tamil films, including Oh My Friend, Race Gurram, Srimanthudu, Premam, and Si3. She has been described as a "fine performer," "graceful," "revelation," and "gorgeous" for her performances in these films. She has frequently been cast opposite the same actors multiple times, appearing in two or more films with Pawan Kalyan, Suriya, Ravi Teja, and Siddharth. She even proved to be a "lucky charm" for some of them.
Suresh Krishnamoorthy of The Hindu find her to be "down-to-earth and someone who conceals her not-so-ok Telugu with a dazzling smile". "Haasan is one of the rare talents who doesn't take the star part of the celebrity too seriously," wrote Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News. Haasan is described as a "talented actress, a gifted singer, and one helluva looker" by GQ India. Verve described her as a "multifaceted artiste" while praising her musical abilities. She was named one of Rediff's "Top Tamil Actresses" of 2012. She is also one of the "Hottest South Indian" actresses.
Haasan was named to Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list. She debuted in 61st place, with an estimated annual income of $80.0 million (US$1.0 million). She reached 46th place in 2016 with an estimated annual income of 69.0 million (US$860,000).
In a 2018 poll conducted by the Chennai Times, she was named one of the most desirable women in Chennai.
Shruti Rajalakshmi Hassan
Actor and Singer
Physical Stats & More
in centimeters- 170 cm
Film, Hindi (Child Actor): Hey Ram (2000) as Vallabhbhai Patel’s daughter
Awards, Honours, Achievements
Filmfare Awards South
Date of Birth
28 January 1986 (Tuesday)
Age (as in 2020)
Madras, Tamil Nadu
Madras, Tamil Nadu
• Abacus Montessori School, Chennai
• St. Andrew’s College, Mumbai
Degree in Psychology
Iyengar Brahmin Deccan Herald
Shopping and Travelling
She has got more than five tattoos inked on her body.
Father- Kamal Haasan (Actor and Politician)
Sister- Akshara Haasan, Actor (Younger)
Shah Rukh Khan and Rajinikanth
Guess and Aldo
Mac and Benefit
Range Rover Sport
Net Worth (approx.)
Rs. 1.2 crore per film