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Shruti Haasan on actors turning singers: I wish there was autotune for acting

Mumbai: Shruti Haasan said she does not judge artistes on their choices but believes training plays an essential part in a performer’s career.

When asked about her opinion on several actors turning singers, the 31-year-old said she wished one could use technology to improve their acting skills, as one uses a software to make their vocals sound good.

“I wish there was autotune for acting. That would make everyone win the best acting award immediately. The fact is you can correct the ‘sur’ but you cannot photoshop acting,” Shruti told reporters here.

The D-Day actor, who is also a singer, said her father Kamal Haasan was quite particular about her receiving proper musical training and that her competence cannot be compared with her Behen Hogi Teri co-star Rajkummar Rao.

“My father would always insist on training. I trained in Hindustani and then I went to music school. I know that training is very different. In our own film, Raj is a trained actor from FTII.

“His training is different from my approach to acting. You cannot compete, I can’t say that I can do better than him. You do what you do, I do what I do,” she said.

Shruti said for the last few years her focus has shifted from creating music to acting in movies but she is planning her return to singing soon.

“Music has been pushed further away. When I was 14, I used to do music 365 days a year. But for four years, it has been all about movies. They take over your life.

“I was doing multiple films, I had no chance to make music. I could only do playback for my films… Now in my life, it is about balance… I miss it a lot. (But) I’ll be back, I promise,” the actress said.

Talking about the importance of social media today, Shruti said that she is in favour of this new arc in technology.

“For actors, social media is a driving force. Its positive aspect is that it connects people everywhere in the world. I focus only on its positives. Yes, there are some negatives and it depends on the individual. There should be a balance.

“I am pro-social media because I get lot of love (from my followers). (And) there is a block button for negative comments. It does not affect me. People some say for the sake of saying,” she said.

The film is slated to hit screens on June 9.
PTI