Slowly and steadily, Asin Thottumkal is making a place for herself in Bollywood.
Ajay Devgn and Asin in a still from a desi number from Rohit Shetty's Bol Bachchan.
Akshay-Asin starred together in Housefull 2.
Asin was seen opposite Salman Khan in Ready.
Salman Khan romanced Asin in London Dreams.
Asin made her Bollywood debut opposite Aamir Khan in Ghajini.
Asin started her career at the age of 15 with Malayalam film Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka.
She will next be seen in action-comedy Khiladi 786 with Akshay Kumar.
She entered Bollywood with Ghajini (2008), which kicked off the concept of Rs100 crore club. Then Asin went on to work in back-to-back blockbusters Ready (2011), Housefull 2 (2012) and Bol Bachchan (2012), which all crossed the much-coveted mark.
But unlike several of her contemporary leading ladies, Asin says she has never tried to extract any publicity out of it. “I’ve been a part of very few films, but they have all been blockbusters,” says Asin.
What does she think of other actresses minting it for publicity?
“The Rs 100 crore club talk started with my first film, Ghajini. The whole idea of this benchmark kicked off then. I feel like I’m the founding member of the Rs 100 crore club, as far as female actors are concerned!” she laughs, adding, “And I have constantly renewed my membership in the club with most of my releases.”
Akshay-Asin in Housefull 2
Others female leads to have been part of Rs 100 crore grossing movies are Kareena Kapoor (3 Idiots, 2009), Priyanka Chopra (Don 2, 2011), Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg, 2010) and Katrina Kaif (Ek Tha Tiger).
Ask the southern star why she hasn’t publicised this fact, and she says, “I can’t go out and blow my own trumpet. It’s not in my nature. As an actor, it’s not my job to be bothered about numbers. We should be bothered about the artistic side of filmmaking and leave figures to producers and directors.”
Asin is currently busy with the Akshay Kumar-starrer Khiladi 786. Ask why she only picks comedies, and she says, “It’s just a coincidence that Ready (2011), Bol Bachchan and Housefull 2 were offered to me back-to-back. It wasn’t a conscious decision to do only comedies. But I would love to try other genres too,” says the actor.
HT Photo: Asin