For the Kerala born actor Asin, Onam is one of the big festivalsthat she celebrates with gusto. The actor, whose childhood and schooling was in Kerala, gets very excited with the very thought of the harvest festival. Though a busy schedule has kept her away from her home in recent years, she tries to spend the day with family in Mumbai, if not Kerala.
“It gets difficult to celebrate festivals when you have a packed shooting schedule. Even this time, the chances of spending the day with my family seemed bleak as I'm stationed in Rajasthan till October,but fortunately I managed to get two days off around Onam. So I flew down to Mumbai on Tiruonam (main festival) today to spend the day with my parents. My mom will be cooking up a feast and I'm looking forward to polishing it all off” she smiles.
Asin has a lot of pleasant memories associated with Onam, the biggest festival in Kerala. She says, “Very few festivals are celebrated in Kerala, but Onam celebrations are really grand. All my school friends would come over during Onam for Onasadhya (feast). The highlight of the festival is obviously the vegetarian food spread, but the dessert, payasam, is the best part of it. Known as the King of sweets, payasam (kheer) is my most favourite dessert.”
“It's also a day when family members from far and near come visiting. The ladies in the householdwould prepare the feast and serve it on banana leaf.Girls dressed up in their pat-pavadas (silk skirts), women in their onakodi (a traditional ivory and gold border sarees) and men in their mundus ( lungi),” Asin continues.
“However, the best part of the day was when Maveli (King Mahabali) camevisiting (a la Santa Claus) his subjects' homes.” She has fond memories of preparing to welcome Maveli home. “He would be welcomed with a flower carpet known as the Athapookalam. As kids we would head out early in the morning with our baskets to collect flowers to make the carpet. It used to be so much fun,” she recalls.
The one thing Asin never forgets to do on Onam is call up her childhood friends. “All my school friends are spread across the globe. So, on this day, we connect on conference call and do some catching up,” she reveals. The actor plans to do some Malayalam channel surfing with her parents as well. “The channels will have some special Onam programmes. I don't want to miss on tiruvadarakali (traditional dance) — with women dancing around a vessel filled with rice.It symbolises prosperity,” she expains.
OMG!! IS THIS A RUMOUR OR WHAT?? GENELIA AND ASIN ARE COMMENTING EACHOTHER'S WORK SO BADLY!!!
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Asin was reacting to a song in the Hindi remake of the Tamil super-hit 'Kakka Kakka'. The film is being remade in Hindi starring John Abraham and Genelia, who play the roles essayed by Suriya and Jyothika respectively in the Tamil version. Asin was commenting about the song sequence 'Uyirin Uyire...' in the Hindi version and said that Genelia had 'goofed-up' a very nice song by her below-par performance.
Incidentally, it was Asin who played Jyothika's role in the Telugu version of the film. “I worked hard to play the role in the Telugu version, in fact, I lived out the character during the making of the film. Genelia, on the other hand, appears to have not done a good job at all,” said Asin after watching the videos.
In her reply, Genelia has promptly handed over a return 'compliment' to Asin. She has said “Jyothika had done the character wonderfully in the Tamil version and looked very good. Asin appears to have done a shoddy work in the Telugu remake version by 'over-acting' her part. It'd be perfect if stars stick to what their directors say. I have done the song in my own style in the Hindi version as I didn't feel the need to copy anyone!”
The war of words is far from over; keep watching this space for further updates!
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NO PRJECTS DOWN SOUTH? Honestly, every single day I receive an offer from Malayalam, Tamil or Telugu cinema. And it is not a conscious decision to go away from the South. Somewhere I am very attached to my roots. I know that it's the Southern film industries that have made me an actor and that is where people relate to me the most. I would never give it up or separate myself from it. I have a personal connect with each of the industries there.
In Kerala people say, 'Asin is our very own Mallu girl'. The Tamilians love me because I have done the most number of movies in Kollywood and have worked with all the top stars. I have even stayed in Chennai for a few years and I have a strong connect with the city and the State of Tamil Nadu. As far as the Telugu film industry goes, I got my first Filmfare Award for a Tollywood film and also the Nandi State Award. So I am referred to as the 'Tamil Ammai'. My film "Garshana" is still spoken of. Few actors can connect with the different audiences and this is my real goodwill.
NORTH FOR THE MOMENT...NOT SOUTH? Yes, my bulk dates until March 2012 is with projects in Bollywood. Sajid Khan's "Housefull-2" and Rohit Shetty's "Bol Bachchan" will be finished by March. Then there is one bigger project that I am in talks for. The work being offered to me in Hindi is pretty exciting. In the South, I wish to get something unusual because I have done the routine stuff. Now if I accept a South offer, it has to be spectacular. Like I did "Kaavalan" recently only because it wasn't the typical song-'n'-dance roles that girls in Vijay movies usually have. I had already done two Vijay 'formula' films, "Sivakasi" and "Pokiri" earlier. But Meera in "Kaavalan" was a strong character, something I had not attempted before.
OUT PRICED YOURSELF Money is not the driving force behind my decisions to accept or reject a project. From the start of my career I have always looked for five criteria while selecting a project - 1) script, 2) my role, 3) director, 4) production house and 5) co-artistes. The language of the film or the financial aspects comes into consideration only after this. And as I said earlier, money is not the criteria for me choosing a film in any language.
SALMAN KHAN, 4 AM FRIEND I like Salman because he is very genuine, very forthright. Salman appreciates me because I am exactly like him. I don't wear any masks. If I am happy, you get to see it; if I am angry, then you get to see that also. My acting ends in the front of the camera. In real life, I do not pretend. Yes, I can pick up the phone on Salman whenever I wish and he will always be there. However, I rarely meet him when we are not shooting together. I haven't seen him after "Ready". I am friends with his family. I respect his parents and I am in touch with his brothers and sisters. Salman doesn't need to show that we are friends in overtly ways.
SMS BREAK UP WITH NEIL NITIN MUKESH I don't know where such talk comes from. Neil is still a friend. What SMS break-up? I don't wish to react to talk like this.
Actress Asin may not be a Muslim, but is known to observe a few days of fast during Ramzan. Apparently, the South hottie fasts on the final few days and loves gorging on delicacies like Maal Pua and Phirni during Iftar. Asin reportedly started fasting while shooting with several Muslim friends down South, but she's not the only one. Several non-Muslims across the city are known to observe fast during Ramzan, even if for a few days. And while many admit that they often fast as a way to support their friends, there are others who do it as a mannat, like in the case of actor Ashiesh Roy. “I've kept a mannat for my mother wishing her a complete recovery from cancer. My friend (co-star) Shoaib suggested I keep a roza and I did,” he reveals.
Actor Aamir Ali too informs that many of his non-Muslim friends fast along with him as they consider themselves family.
“The people especially in the entertainment industry are a liberal lot, so we celebrate Diwali and they celebrate Eid with us,” says Aamir.
Actor Angad Hasija, who also has a few friends who are not Muslims, yet they fast every year during Ramzan' says, “It's more to do with an internal desire than religion.”
Actor Zayed Khan too agrees to having several such non-Muslim friends who observe fasting.
“In fact many from the industry even on the back-end like production and technicians do fast irrespective of their religion during Ramzan and join us in Iftar too,” he says.
“It's one of the aspects of the industry that we're all very proud about,” he adds.
There have been stories of star struck fans making beelines in the most adverse of circumstances to find a way into theaters. However, it was quite a rare scenario when Asin herself wanted to get together and have fun with her friends. Recently when Asin was in London, she was keen on watching the musical show 'The Phantom of the Opera' and had booked it for her friend, cousin and herself.
Informs the friend of Asin who was her companion along with her cousin during this 'adventure' of hers, "Knowing Asin, I knew that she would be 'bindaas'. However I was a little taken aback when instead of rescheduling her visit due to rains, she insisted on making it to the show even when there was an issue with getting transport and the weather too turned out to be very unkind."
Though Asin had a personal car at her disposal right through the shoot, a miscommunication resulted in the driver going back early due to which the actress had to find an alternate means. Since it was raining cats and dogs that evening, they couldn't find a cab at the last minute. Not to give up so soon, Asin decided to take public transport instead.
"I asked Asin if she wasn't worried about standing in a public place in the rain and waiting for the bus but she said that she was cool with it", the friend continues, "More than her I guess I was more worried since I suspected that she would be mobbed by those who have seen her work on screen. However she was totally cool and unfazed."
As expected, within a few minutes of hitting the road she was recognized by Indians. Fortunately there wasn't much trouble though as they were happy getting her autographs and taking photographs. But before things could warm up further, Asin was able to jump into a bus and reach the venue.
"It wasn't the end of it all though as a walk from the bus to the theatre doors meant getting further drenched, something that Asin enjoyed more than complaining," adds the source.
The war between Mukesh and Asin is STILL ON!!!! :|
Bhatt continues spat with Asin; says he never offered her a film and she needs to achieve "more, before putting on airs of a star"
The Asin-Mukesh Bhatt war doesn't seem like its going to end anytime soon. After Bhatt spoke out saying the actress' future in Bollywood is bleak, a string of reports had emerged suggesting that Bhatt was bitter over Asin turning him down for a film. But, according to Bhatt, these stories are Asin's PR machinery plants, and that neither did he, nor will he, ever approach her for a film. "I never offered Asin a film, and I don't intend to," he says.
According to him, there is no truth to these stories, because of Vishesh Films' (Bhatt's production house) policy of working with non-stars. "We don't work with 'stars'. If you look at our films, Bipasha Basu, Kangna Ranaut and Jacqueline Fernandez were all newcomers when they worked with us. So there's no question of working with Asin," he says.
However, despite calling her a star earlier, Bhatt says one needs to be cautious before calling her one. According to him, she has to do a lot more before putting on the airs of a star. "Being in two blockbusters with Aamir and Salman doesn't make her a star. She needs to work in films that feature her in author-backed roles, before she can be considered a star." Wonder what will Asin's reaction to this one be?