With bright dreams in her light eyes, Akshara Haasan is set to dazzle showbiz. Rahul Gangwani chats up with the debutante who has talent in her genes
How do you feel now that your big debut is a few days away?
Saying that I’m under pressure will be clichéd. It’s a healthy pressure. I’m just thinking have I done it right. Whether I’m ready for the world to see me on the big screen. I relax myself by saying how bad can it be! If people don’t like me, it’s okay. I’ll improve in my next film. People who don’t know me tweet to me saying they’re looking forward to seeing me. It’s scary and exciting.
Does being Kamal Haasan and Sarika’s daughter add to the pressure?
Yes. You can’t escape the pressure but you should know how to deal with it. At the end of the day,
I’m an individual not someone’s daughter or sister. They’re my family but what I bring to the
table is my individuality. Look at Ranbir Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. They were from the Kapoor family and look where they’ve reached. They’ve made their own identity. I’m here to do my work, with my blinkers on. In Chennai, if I just put one foot outside, everyone looks at me. In Mumbai it’s fine. And I keep quiet about it. People dropping their family’s name is retarded.
Did you always aspire to be an actor?
No. Earlier, I had three career options in mind. The first one was joining the military, which was ruled out by my parents. Then I went on to become a professional soccer player and a dancer at the same time. That also had its ups and down. I’d often get injured during soccer and it’d affect my dance training. I also knew my connection with dance is stronger than my connection with soccer. I’m madly in love with soccer but dance brings out my best emotions. I vent out everything through dance. But guess what, I messed up my leg. I was about to apply at a dance school when I fell. I was completely gone. I couldn’t stand up. The pain was excruciating. My eyes welled up. It took me 45 minutes to get home and I just couldn’t get out of the car. I called up my dad and told him there’s a slight problem. He had to lift me in his arms to put me onto the bed. I had suffered a ligament tear, tissue damage and muscle damage. I couldn’t dance for a long time. During that time, I got interested in movies but behind the camera. I started as an assistant director.
Read on the complete interview in Filmfare Middle East February issue out on stands now.