In the midst of all the excitement surrounding the nail-biting finishes in CCL 4, actress Shruti Haasan is thrilled about how the event has evolved over the past few years. In 2013, she was chosen as the brand ambassador of Chennai Rhinos and earlier this year, she was named as the brand ambassador of CCL.
Interestingly, she went on to act in a string of successful films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi in the past one year. "I'm from Chennai and I was more than happy to cheer for the Chennai Rhinos last year. I'm really fond of the Telugu and Hindi film industries as well. So, there's no question of being partial to any team. Besides, it is a lot convenient for me to cheer for everyone," shares Shruti.
"The best part of CCL," she says, "is that it has brought the film fraternities from different regions under one umbrella. As actors, our interactions with each other are quite limited. Be it award ceremonies or other such rare occasions, no other event gives us the scope as CCL does, to bond with each other. And I think that's a great thing." Shruti admits that she was quite fond of the game as a kid; however, she hasn't played the game in years.
Beyond all the fun and frolic associated with the tournament, Shruti reveals that it's heartening to see actors play their heart out. "It is all about the spirit of the game. Whether you are a star or not, we have seen how passionate everyone is about winning. It's not everyday that you get to see so many actors come together to play. For people too, it's a different experience, because they get to see their favourite actors in a completely different light," avers Shruti.
Despite her hectic shooting schedule over the last couple of months, during which she had been shuttling between Mumbai and Hyderabad, Shruti attended almost all the CCL matches. Ask her how she managed it and pat comes the reply, "You know, these days, all I know is when I have to eat, sleep and wake up. But I have a great team who tell me what to do."
The actor has just wrapped up shooting for her upcoming Telugu film, Race Gurram, for which she has also sung a peppy soundtrack. "I've been quite fortunate to have worked with several musicians including Ilayaraja, Harris Jayaraj among others. I love Thaman's rhythmic programming in his composition and it's so energetic. It's also the first time I've sung a song in the electronic music genre in Telugu," she reveals.
Meanwhile, she has been reportedly approached for Mani Ratnam's upcoming multi-starrer and another Tamil film with Vishal is on the cards. "It's too early to talk about my next set of projects," she signs off.
Watch CCL LIVE on Rishtey. The finals will take place in LB Stadium, Hyderabad on February 23, 5 pm.