Shruti Haasan’s artistry as a musician and a creative is a unique amalgamation of influences that you don’t often see from homegrown creatives. There’s an intention and weight to every facet of her identity as a creative and with each release, she offers us a glimpse into the vast well of themes and motifs that she draws from.
On her latest single, ‘Monster Machine’, she takes her audience into the depths of a dark, primal and abundantly sensual set of personas that aim to speak to a liberated, emancipated human spirit; one that’s unafraid to explore the complexity of love, lust, desire, and rage. There’s a brooding melancholy that embeds itself in the song's essence, with Shruti’s lyrics painting a picture of sublime, uninhibited femininity.
While speaking to Homegrown Shruti emphasized that what she likes the most about this single is the fact that it’s allowed her to show her audience a side they might never have seen before.
The video for the song was directed by Dwarakish and produced by both Shruti and her partner visual artist Santanu Hazarika under their collaborative endeavour BLCK Production. “We create a lot separately, but when we come together we can dip into the pool of things we’ve already created.” While working on the video they took a painting by Santanu that had always been a huge inspiration to Shruti and decided to thematically elaborate on it through the visuals on display.
Each scene in the video depicts Shruti channeling a different character, mood and emotion and pays homage to the Tish Thawer quote: “We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren't able to burn.”
What truly elevates the single is its unflinching authenticity. It comes from a place where darkness, despair and rage meet beauty, euphoria and sensuality. It is in many ways a metaphor for how complex and multifaceted we are as people. Through its imagery and poignant lyrics, it affirms in no uncertain terms that there’s a monster in all of us.
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