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Girish is like a buddhist monk: Shruti Hassan

It’s a film that marks the debut of producer Kumar Taurani’s son, Girish Kumar. Back on screen is Shruti Haasan, who returns to Bollywood after two years. While their chemistry is visible in on-air promos, the lead pair talk about starting out in the industry, among other things.

Girish, how confident are you about your debut film?
Pretty confident. But when the film is your baby, it is difficult to be objective. There is only so much you can do as an actor. All of us have given it our best shot. Like my father says, “No one can take away your hard work from you.” Also, Prabhudheva has done a fantastic job as a director.

Shruti, you?
I don’t think much. This close to the film’s release, I am in a shut-down phase. I have two movies out this week and it is not often that everyone gets two releases on the same day. Both are different roles and I am happy to be a part of them.

Shruti, how was Girish for a debut actor?
Oh, he’s a great co-star. I am always hyper, while he’s like a Buddhist monk — patient and calm. He is also very hard-working.

Girish, how is Shruti as a co-star?
She is fantastic. Shruti is very intelligent and pays keen attention to details. Also, she blends the Indian and Western looks very well. We are friends now.

Did you always want to start your career with a family entertainer?
I didn’t have any particular vision about what genre I wanted to start off with, but family entertainers definitely help a newcomer. Our movie is predominantly a love story. Love is a universal emotion and it isn’t restricted to a boy and a girl. I was blessed to be born in a family where I got the opportunity to display my talent, though the star-kid tag is something I have to deal with.

Shruti, how were you as a newcomer?
The intensity of cinema didn’t hit me until Luck released. Only after that did I realise how enormous the world of movies was.

Ramaiya Vastavaiya releases today.


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