Actor-producer-director Kamal Haasan, who has taken up the mantle of directing his upcoming film Sabaash Naidu after director Rajeev Kumar took ill in U.S., has said that it was an ‘entirely different experience’ for him to direct his daughter Shruti Haasan, the ‘star’ who is popular in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi film industries.
“I have directed a few artistes but for the first time, I got to direct Shruti Haasan, the Star; it was indeed a very different experience for me to extract work from her,” Kamal Haasan has said from U.S. where the shoot of Sabaash Naidu is about to be wrapped up within two months after the film’s shoot commenced.
Sabaash Naidu would be Kamal Haasan’s full-length comedy film after a long time as he has been starring in action-packed serious films of late. Ramya Krishnan, Shruti Haasan and Brahmanandam have essayed prominent roles in the film. “I haven’t directed any star before; Shruti has been an actress as well as a star and as such, it was a very different experience for me to direct a ‘star’ in the film.
“Shruti takes the credit for the American accent with which I spoke for my role of U.S. President George Bush in Dasavatharam,” he said and added that he didn’t move away from comedy as such. “Even Dasavatharam and Vishwaroopam had plenty of comic sequences in them. I tend to join the crew members and relax when they chat gamely during breaks in shoot,” Kamal says.