Asin's next is a comic caper in which a dozen well-known stars share screen space. The actor speaks to Harshikaa Udasi about Housefull 2 and her quest for refreshing roles down south
It's almost midnight and Asin's day is anywhere but coming to a close. Promotions for her next film Housefull 2 – The Dirty Dozen are in full swing and the actor betrays no signs of fatigue. “I am glad I could be part of this film,” says Asin. “Both the Sajids had approached me for the earlier Housefull too, but then I wasn't able to work it out. When they approached me this time, I definitely wanted to be part of the movie.” Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Sajid Khan, HF 2 is the sequel of the 2010 hit Housefull by the same director-producer duo.
HF 2 has no similarity in plot and characters to the first Housefull with the exception of Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh and Boman Irani who play central roles even in this one. HF2 is the story of 12 characters, including four fathers, four daughters and four prospective sons-in-law. Each of the prospective grooms is named Jolly and the fathers want the richest man to marry their respective daughters. With flawed and unscrupulous characters, the plot is ripe for a zany comedy.
Rapport with her co-stars
“I play Henna who is Chintuji's (Rishi Kapoor's) daughter. We live in London and are at war with my uncle (Randhir Kapoor) and his family. I keep getting into fights with Jacqueline who plays his daughter. Besides, this mad dozen is under one roof! As far as Henna goes, it is best not to intellectualise the character, as this is a laugh-a-minute comedy,”says the actor. With one-third of the multi-starrer film consisting of women, was everything quiet and calm on the sets? “It wasn't! We got along like a house on fire. Jacqueline and I have been friends since we met even before the film started. I think she is a fun-loving and positive person. Even the other girls — Shahzan (Padamsee) and Zarine (Khan) — were great to be with and we had our GG on DD!” she laughs. “Girl Gang on Dirty Dozen,” comes the explanation, seconds later! She adds happily, “I have worked with an ensemble cast before (in Ready), but this was the first time for me with female co-stars and contrary to what people think about girls rubbing each other the wrong way, this was a very enjoyable experience. In fact, this Monday we went to Warda's (producer Sajid's wife Warda Nadiadwala) high tea party and had a blast reliving the moments of HF2. We took some candid shots and she put them up on Twitter!”
After being paired with Salman Khan twice (super dud London Dreams and super hit Ready), she is hobnobbing with the A-listers of Bollywood. Besides Housefull 2, where she is paired opposite Akshay Kumar, she has Bol Bachchan with Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn.
Asin says working with her co-stars and the personal rapport she formed with them was the best experience she could have asked for from the film. The film has an impressive line-up of actors: Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani, Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Shreyas Talpade, Ritesh Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandes, Zarine Khan and Shahzan Padamsee. “This is the first time I have worked with each of these actors, some veterans in the Hindi film industry. When will I get to work again with Mithunda, Chintuji, Randhir Kapoor and Boman?” she wonders. Director Sajid Khan has got the Midas touch and his films have been huge hits at the box office. Asin feels he knows the pulse of the audience. “He understands what works with viewers. Of course, he has a fabulous track record but, importantly, he carries his sense of humour with himself to the sets and beyond. When a comedy is being shot, that kind of wit helps tremendously,” says the actor, adding, “Sajid is also extremely protective of his leading ladies which makes one feel special. On outdoor locations, he is very strict about getting the best food for us and handling unruly mobs.”
If you thought this actor is happily nestled in Mumbai and is never going to look Southward, you are mistaken. “I have got several offers from filmmakers in the South, but they are roles I have played earlier. I don't think they will do me any good or make the audience happier. I can never say bye to the South film industry. I am just looking for different films to do. My fans know if I have signed a film it will offer them something new,” she says, giving the example of the recent Malayalam film Pranayam, starring Mohanlal, which she thought was refreshingly different.