With her third film in three years set for release,Asin says she understands Bollywood better
With Ghajini,Asin Thottumkal made a dream debut in Bollywood in 2008. The Aamir Khan-starrer became then the industrys top-grosser and Asin was hailed as the next big thing. Once the Ghajini fever died down and Asins next,London Dreams (2009),tanked,the actor from the South was found missing from the league of top B-town girls.
If she is perturbed over it,she chooses not to show it. I dont believe in making hay while the sun shines, says the actress,seated at her Lokhandwala office. I would rather be selective about my work than jump at anything that comes my way. With so many films being made,you will always find your space. She hopes to find her space in the industry with Ready,opposite Salman Khan,that releases in June.
Three films in three years do not exactly make for an impressive resume in an industry as massive as Bollywood. But the 26-year-old has her reasons for her slow progress. I was new to the Hindi film industry and I did not know that one had to be on a signing spree to capitalise on the success. I needed time to adapt myself to the industry as well as the audiences.
Asin may be new to Bollywood,but she has been a star in the South at 14. She knows that stardom comes to those who wait. She is ready to wait it out. I came here without a Godfather,but my journey has been quite unique and satisfactory. I know no other way than working hard, she says and lists out her criteria for signing films script,character,director,producer/ banner and co-actors which have remained constant for her over the years.
Ready,a family entertainer,has the potential to be Asins big comeback. She is excited over this film,and especially her co-star Salman. I was unwell when we were shooting in Bangkok. He made sure that I had my food and medicines on time, states Asin. It was her first time with the Anees Bazmee crew and she was pleasantly surprised to see the unit having so much fun on the sets.
When Asin first came to Mumbai,she fell in love with its cosmopolitan character. I have always liked Mumbai because it makes you very comfortable, says the actress. However,Bollywood was a totally different ballgame for her. The industry is so big and there is too much attention and curiosity,which finally I am getting used to, she says. But one thing she still cannot adjust to is the constant media glare. Its appalling how everyone calls you for scoops and links you up with just about everybody. This does not happen down South, she says.
Refuting rumours of being a difficult worker,Asin says,I have made a lot of friends. I am on good terms with all my colleagues. It is her attitude that is said to have cost her quite a few films including Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and Force. Let bygones be bygones, she smiles,and says that she did not do Force because of date issues.
Asin currently has one more Hindi film,Sajid Khans Housefull 2,apart from offers from Tamil,Telugu and Malayalam filmmakers. Rumour has it that she is even donning a bikini in Housefull 2. People love to speculate and let them do so, says Asin,who wants to pay equal attention to movies in different languages. However,an ideal film to do would be a Hindi commercial film with a strong role for the woman lead, she signs off.