After Priyanka Chopra, it's Asin's turn to go on action mode. The actress is learning an ancient form of martial art Kalaripayattu for an international project opposite Kamal Haasan called 19th Step.
This is Asin's second film with Kamal Haasan after Dasavatharam. The film also stars Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano in the lead.
According to sources, Asin will play the role of a warrior princess and the role required her to learn this particular form of martial arts.
The budget of the film is 50 million US dollars and it is based on the theme of the origin of Martial Arts in Kerala.
"Asin and Kamal Haasan play an important role in safeguarding these Martial Arts of Kerala while Japanese actor Asano plays a blood thirsty Samurai Kenji seeking to conquer the ancient Indian Martial Arts forms of Kalaripayattu (ancestor of Karate). He learns the tough 18 steps and masters the 19th step from an Indian guru played by Kamal Haasan while Asin will play a local princess", says the source about the storyline of the film.
19th Step will be directed by Bharath Bala and would be a co-venture by Bharath Bala Productions and Walt Disney. The film will be released in three languages: English, Japanese and Tamil. The shooting of the film will begin in the last week of June 2009 after Kamal Haasan wraps up Marmayogi and once Asin masters the art. The movie will be shot in Kerala.