You can’t take your eyes off her. Such is the charm of Akshara Haasan. With the genes of two of the most talented actors in Hindi and Tamil cinema, this soft-spoken younger daughter of Saarika and Kamal Haasan made an impressive debut with Shamitabh recently. It was a difficult film to start with. Sharing the screen space with Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush in the first film is not an easy task when it is not a conventional romantic lead. The 23 years old Akshara, started off as an assistant director and is now preparing for a long innings as an actor.
Excerpts from the interview:
What are your thoughts and feelings on your debut?
I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with such amazing people and amazing artists. I definitely learnt a whole lot from them and one film is still not enough.
What took you so long to make your debut?
Actually, I wasn’t ready. I felt if I would have come to the industry earlier I would have given a half-baked performance and not even fifty percent of what I am capable of. I was hundred percent sure this time. I was part of a play and decided suddenly when I realized I was ready to be an actor.
How did you prepare for the role of a director?
I prepared a lot with Balki sir. My Hindi wasn’t that good and my nuances weren’t accurate. I had to take diction classes to understand many things. I did a lot of rehearsals to understand a few subtexts of scenes. So, that’s how I prepared for the film.
Did Shamitabh give you the opportunity to explore your creativity to the best of your ability?
Till Shamitabh I didn’t know what kind of an actor I was. Being on this project with Balki sir, Bachchan sir and Dhanush sir, gave me that freedom to grow as an actor and understand and discover myself as an actor. They were very encouraging and gave me that freedom and made me feel very comfortable. If I got stuck in any dialogue, they were so patient and so kind towards me as they understood that it’s my first film. Nothing is tough in future but a lot of things are tough in the beginning. I’m still learning how to do it. I didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
Do you aspire to come in female centric roles in future?
Yeah! Why not? I would love to play any kind of role. If I get that opportunity then yes I’ll do it.
What are you interests apart from acting?
I’m a terrible singer. I’m originally a dancer.
Did you have any apprehensions in being a part of an unconventional film?
No, not at all, rather, when I got the project I was dying to do it.
What actors do you aspire to work with?
I’m open to working with different actors. Actually it’s really hard to pick because every actor will teach me something new and will help me grow as an actor in a different way.
Do you have any dream role?
I don’t like to limit myself. Every role would be a dream role for me because it would be challenging.
What are your future projects?
I have had just one meeting regarding an upcoming project, so, I can’t talk about it right now.