"For me, it's all about taking some time off from work to do something important." – Shruti Haasan
In addition to donating her voice for the Indian English and Hindi versions of the TeachAIDS animations (with co-star Shabana Azmi), Shruti Haasan has generously volunteered once again to share her time and talent with TeachAIDS. This time, Shruti is playing the role of the female student in the Tamil language version of the TeachAIDS software.
A true renaissance artist, Shruti is an accomplished actress, model, singer, and composer. She got her start as a child, singing for films directed by her father Kamal Haasan. At the age of 6, she debuted her voice with the song "Potri Paadadi Penne" in Thevar Magan. She went on to sing two duets with her father for the Hindi movie Chachi 420 and the bilingual Hindi and Tamil movie Hey Ram, sparking her performing career. As a young woman, Shruti attended St. Andrew’s College in Mumbai and later moved to Hollywood to study music at the Musicians Institute.
Since joining TeachAIDS in 2010, Shruti’s career has continued to flourish. She has acted and performed songs for several more Hindi and Telugu films including the movie 3, where she played a lead role and sang the songs "Kannazhaga Kaalazhaga" and "Tan Ye Mera". She later won the award for Best Debut–Female at the 59th Filmfare Awards (South) for her roles in 7aum Arivu and Anaganaga O Dheerudu and Best Actress at the 60th Filmfare Awards (South) for 3. Additionally, her soundtrack for the Tamil film Unnaipol Oruvan (a remake of the Hindi film, A Wednesday!) was a success, as the film received positive reviews.
In 2013, she has released four new films demonstrating the range and versatility of her performances, with the Hindi and Telugu action thrillers D-Day and Balupa, and the Hindi and Telugu romantic comedies Ramaiya Vastavaiya and Ramayya Vasthavayya. These successes mark her as one of the fastest rising stars of her generation.
Shruti wanted to share a positive message for the young people who would be viewing the TeachAIDS animations, saying,"God bless. Your future should be bright, positive, and healthy."
TeachAIDS is thrilled to have Shruti Haasan back in the recording studio. Her dedication to promoting HIV education is inspiring and will greatly support our efforts in India.
Photo: Left: Shruti Haasan recording her voice for the Tamil version of the TeachAIDS educational materials at Annapurna Studios (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh). The studio time and space was donated by Mr. Nagarjuna Akkineni. Right: TeachAIDS animated character of Shruti Haasan to be incorporated into the final software.