Shruti Haasan, popular singer-actor and also the daughter of legendary actor Kamal Haasan, turns 33 today. While she has earned her reputation as an actor, she’s also a talented singer and dancer. If you haven’t followed her career in the south, you’ve missed out on some of her best chartbusters. Check out these five sizzling ‘south’ numbers that even ‘north’ Indians would love.
Junction Lo from Aagadu
A sexy foot-tapping item number, Shruti set the screen on fire with her performance in this song from the Mahesh Babu-starrer Aagadu. This was the first time that she agreed to be part of a special number in a film, that she wasn’t acting in. It was Junction Lo that landed her the leading role in Mahesh’s next film Srimanthudu.
Pimple Dimple from Yevadu
Much before the release of Shruti’s Pimple Dimple song, her ‘leaked’ pictures from this number made headlines. Paired with Ram Charan Teja, a terrific dancer, Shruti, single-handedly stole the thunder with her moves in this song and went on to prove that she has no inhibitions about what she wears on-screen.
Cinema Choopisthamava from Race Gurram
Here’s a song that’s sure to get you grooving to Shruti’s moves, no matter which part of the country you hail from. This one is undoubtedly one of her best numbers and we’d never seen a more curvacious Shruti Haasan before this one. One of the highlights of this song is Shruti’s lungi avatar, a tapori look, which she sports towards the end of the track.
Dhimmathirige from Srimanthudu
Shruti and Mahesh Babu teamed up for a second time in this hit folk number from Srimanthudu. Shot against a rural backdrop, Dhimmathirigae may not be as groovy as the film’s other tacks, but it sure does make you fall in love with Shruti.
Jingiliya from Puli
Paired with Tamil superstar Vijay for the first time, Shruti sizzles in a tribal avatar in this peppy track, which has music by Devi Sri Prasad. While the film may have turned out to be a disaster, the Jingiliya number can’t be forgotten so easily.
(This story was first published on 28 January 2016 and has been reposted from The Quint’s archives on the occasion of actor Shruti Haasan’s birthday)