With her debut Hindi film Ghajini already having catapulted her to star status, her forthcoming London Dreams with Salman Khan is expected to follow up the success in a big way. Neckdeep with shooting schedules, Asin manages time for us too...
How has life been post Ghajini? Not very different. It's just that more people recognise and appreciate me now.
According to you, who's a better actor – Aamir or Salman? Not fair! (laughs) How can you expect me to choose between the two? Both are legends in their own right and both are good friends of mine. They are poles apart, but yes, Salman is more spontaneous whereas Aamir takes his own time as he thinks a lot.
Whose physique do you like better? Salman has always had a great body. But seeing Aamir put in such hard work for the body he made for Ghajini, I would give him extra points for that.
A lot is believed to be transpiring between Salman and you... That's rubbish. Salman is a good friend and it felt really good when he especially invited me to unveil his paintings. And no, he didn't send me any cake on my birthday like it's being speculated.
What about the Eiffel Tower scene he got incorporated for you in LD because you always desired that your dream lover propose to you there? Oh, the proposal scene in front of the Eiffel Tower was director Vipul Shah's idea. He got that scene incorporated because it was a part of the story and Paris being a romantic city, it was thought that the scene would look good there.
What about the alleged catfight with Jiah? Jiah has never had any problem with me and both of us are very cordial. I get along quite well with her family also. Anyway, all these rumours have been put to rest now after we were spotted together at various functions.
What kind of roles are you looking forward to? I am looking forward to playing meaty roles like the one that I had in Ghajini. But I don't want to be typecast in any image either. I want rightfully fulfil the aspirations that audiences have from me.
Are you single? Very much so! The only man in my life currently is my dad, who handles my career. (Laughs) Besides, I have never had a boyfriend. And whenever I say that, I seem to have committed a crime as everybody steps back astonished 'How's that possible when you are so good looking?' (laughs some more).
You have worked in 17 movies from Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu to Hindi, which movie is closest to your heart? "My favourite movie will always be Ghajini, because it gave me tremendous scope to perform. It was also the film that catapulted me into the big league. As for the character, it has to be Kalpana as it has many dimensions to it. She is innocent, mischievous, caring and very ambitious, an interesting and rare mix"
Tell us something about Dasavatharam? "It was a unique experience. It was fun on the sets, be it on camera or off, Kamal sir has such a good comic timing, he'd have you in splits. Truly an entertaining experience"
About Aamir Khan? "Aamir is such a dedicated artiste and a really down to earth person. It was indeed a pleasure working with him"
Asin's Quotes..... "I entered films while I was in school and got busy soon after and hence I didn't have the time to go to any acting school" "I would like to thank all those who have believed that I have more to deliver than I have already. As for the Ghajini hangover, I can't do much about it as the character of Kalpana in Ghajini is multi dimensional and no matter what role I play, it is bound to have some shades of Kalpana in it unless it is a completely out of the box kind of character. If something comes my way I'd be more than willing to grab it" "I am willing to act opposite fresh faces if I am offered an interesting script and a meaty role. It is the script that finally matters" "Language has never been a criterion for selection of films; it is the role and the script. I shall continue doing movies in Tamil and other regional languages"
After debuting into Tamil film industry, Asin has paired up with all the top heroes including the legend actor Kamal Hassan. Her first Tamil film was Ullam Ketkumae, where she co-starred with Shaam, who was a leading actor at that point of time, at the same time she worked with new comers Arya and Pooja. Arya is known as the best youth hero nowdays. . This movie was delayed from releasing, and released just after Asin's second movie M Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi. But the movie turned out to be the hit, and got well appreciated.
To be frank we never knew if Asin was going to become the top heroine in the South. Her second Movie was M Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi, the movie was a superhit and Asin's comedy and her cute expressions was one of the highlights in the film. Jeyam Ravi co-starred opposite her, and they turned out to be a hit pair.
She then returned to Telugu and starred opposite Prabhas in the movie Chakram which turned out to be a flop. Asin then returned to Tamil with the Super Hit Ghajini with Surya. This movie bought Asin several steps up the ladder. Then she signed several movies opposite top stars includin Illaya Thalapathy Vijay, Ultimate star Ajith Kumar and Chiyaan Vikram.
After the release of Ghajini Asin has not just impressed the bollywood industry she has also made Tamil Industry proud, after seeing her performance and her looks. All Stars in Tamil Industry has taken their time to watch the Ghajini. everybody has been praising Asin's look and performance in the Hindi version. Asin's mobile has been ringing non-stop, and most of the calls were from Chennai. Surya was one of the first people to call her up and congratulate her profusely for her performance in the film. he told her “you are better in Hindi with a lot of improvisation”.
Priyadarshan, the top director of Bollywood who saw the film at his Four Frames preview theatre along with Surya said: " Asin is fabulous, she can act and has been beautifully photographed by Ravi. I think she is going to go places in Bollywood as she does not have a south Indian look."
Others who called her up from Chennai are IlayathalapathyVijay, his wife Sangeetha, Jyothika, Jayam Ravi, M.Raja, KS Ravikumar Kushboo, producer Mohan Natarajan, Brinda master and Harris Jayaraj.
Asin Thottumkal(born October 26, 1985) is an award-winning Indian film actress who mainly acts in Tamil films. Currently, she is considered to be one of the most popular actresses in the South Indian film industry.
Making her acting debut in Sathyan Anthikkad's Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (2001), Asin had her first commercial success with Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi in 2003, and won a Filmfare Award for the Best Telugu Actress for the film.
After a number of critically and commercially successful films, she received her second South Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in her second Tamil film, Ghajini (2005). She played the lead female roles in two consecutive top grossers, Ghajini (2005) which is her biggest commercial success to date, and the action comedy Varalaru (2006) and this way has established herself as one of the most prominent leading actresses of South Indian cinema. More recently, Asin made her début in Bollywood, with Ghajini, the remake of Tamil which was a superhit movie along with Superstar's Chandramukhi.