Less than a week remains for the release of Housefull 2 and while one waits to see how does 'The Dirty Dozen' strike with the film, one actress who is calm as ever is Asin. Not quite known for her nervous pangs before the release of her films, courtesy her long standing career down South and two 100 crore Bollywood biggies (Ready, Ghajini) already in her kitty, Asin is as joyous as ever in her conversations. One wonders if this can also be attributed to the fact that it was with her that Sajid Khan decided to open the promo of Housefull 2 despite many other stars in the film.
"I don't think so; these are actually very minor things. I don't over analyse things", smiles Asin who is arriving on the big screen almost a year after Ready, "After all, this is a multi starrer and there are so many prominent stars in the film. Then there are also legendary actors like Rishiji, Mithunji and Randhirji so their presence has to be respected."
She is particularly happy about the fact that no one has missed out on his or her space despite Housefull 2 being a crowded affair. "I totally give it to the director here. It is obviously Sajid's way of telling this story to the audience with utmost conviction so that all of us are presented well despite such a crowd", smiles Asin.
While she indeed seems to be happy with the world created for her, what with a new Asin on display, especially with the song 'Right Now', it is also visible that she has an eye for working in hardcore commercial entertainers.
"Well, though I would love to do different kind of films, at this point in time and stage of my career, I would love to work in commercial cinema. Hopefully, even in such affairs I am getting roles that have scope for performance as well", opines Asin, "I guess currently I am happy to be a part of such films that reach out to every nook and corner of the country and connect with a larger section of audience."
From the 'connect' perspective, what about her real life connect? Even though there is a quartet of Jollys in her upcoming film, how about her own real life Jolly with whom there may be a connect soon?
Laughs Asin, "I haven't found my Jolly yet. Just like all fathers in Housefull 2 are trying to get the right Jolly for their daughters, may be there would be someone out there for me as well."
We look forward to the announcement Asin! ."
Three long minutes with Asin
It's a welcome relief talking to Asin. In an industry where the stars are too coy, reserved or diffident, mouthing declarations that they'd rather let their roles do the talking, Asin is a nice change. So, whether it's wielding the mike to promote her film Housefull 2 at a press conference or giving a one-on-one, she takes interest in answering your questions patiently; never mind that you've been given three minutes to ask all your questions (quite a task that!). So, even as director Sajid Khan acted as a rather stringent timer, the actor spoke to DNA, quite unhurriedly. 'Don't let him hurry you,” she said, and here's how the interview unspooled...
Not star struck Asin plays a lawyer in Housefull 2 and has Rishi Kapoor playing her father. With a huge cast of actors including the likes of veterans Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty and superstars like Akshay Kumar and John Abraham; one's bound to get starstruck.
“We are all friends and so I never felt star struck,” she gamely says, before quickly adding that she “cherished acting with the veterans, Chintuji (Rishi Kapoor), Dabooji (Randhir Kapoor), Boman Irani and Mithun Chakraborty.”
“I grew up watching their movies, so the opportunity to see them working first hand was memorable.”
Everything mainstream Whether it's Ready or Housefull 2, the Hindi movies she's been seen in cannot be categorised under intelligent cinema, unlike South Indian films, one concurs. The actor is quick to deny the comparisons.The question of how sensible or intelligent a film is, according to Asin, “depends on the film.” “You have movies in the south too where the hero is the king and there are the staple five songs et al. So, I can't say that such films happen only in the North.” That as the case may be, Asin's focus in choosing films is “mainstream commercial cinema where I get to play protagonists who have emotional content in them.”
Still yes to south films Busy shooting for Bol Bachchan, Asin hasn't said her final goodbye to the southern film industry yet. “It has been the parent industry and I literally grown learning all that I know of the art from here,” she enthuses, and so, while she will do South Indian films, she is clear that she “wouldn't want to be repetitive taking on roles that I have already done.”
Catching up on Malayalam cinema So, what's the latest movie she's watched that's 'literally blown her mind away,” we ask, with barely a minute left. “The last movie I saw that really impressed me a lot was Pranayam (Directed by Blessy),” she replies. “It was even more special watching it because I know Anupam (Kher) uncle, Jayapradaji and Lalettan (Mohan Lal), “ she adds with a smile. She reveals that she enjoys watching regional fare and adds, “I keep getting DVDs of Malayalam films; while I can't visit Kerala that often, my parents do, so they keep getting me DVDs of newly released films.”
Asin is after all, a Mallu girl at heart Asin Thottumkal is in seventh heaven as the lady was recently conferred an award by the Kerala government for her achievements in the entertainment world. The actress who made her mark in cinema from her first Malayalam film 'Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka' later got an opportunity to work in Telugu and Tamil films. With her success in South Indian films she managed to gain a foothold in Bollywood after her first film, Aamir's remake of the Tamil film 'Ghajini'.
Speaking about the prestigious award, Asin admitted that it was indeed an honor to receive an award from her homeland.Asin who is busy promoting her upcoming slapstick comedy flick 'Housefull 2' is also shooting for yet another comedy genre film 'Bol Bachchan'. The actress had to take time off her busy schedule to be part of the awards ceremony in Kerala.
“I'm honoured and humbled. It was amazing to receive the award on home soil.Though I have attended several award ceremonies and bagged several honours all these years, this was singularly unique for me. It was special even for my family. Being recognised by people in the place where you come from has special significance.” Asin stated.
I like all sorts of genres, says the 'Ghajini' actress After enjoying doing a complete fun filled film like 'Housefull 2', Asin seems to be getting only comedy films at present. However the actress confessed that she doesn't mind doing more comedies.
“I like all sorts of film genres. It's sheer co-incidence that three of my films are comedies. But they have been a lot of fun... they have had a good set of actors, good directors... I like comedies, and I don't mind doing more. I just take what comes my way and if I like it. I hope 'Housefull 2' is well-received,” said the Ghajini actress. Asin is fine being in a 'full house' It is a known fact that each of the three films done by Asin in Bollywood have been solo starrers. After all, she was the centre of attraction for Aamir Khan (Ghajini), Salman Khan/Ajay Devgn (London Dreams) and then Salman Khan again (Ready). However in 'Housefull 2', it is for the first time that she is sharing screen space with other pairs like John Abraham-Jacqueline Fernandez, Riteish Deshmukh-Zareen Khan and Shreyas Talpade-Shazahn Padamsee.
Quiz her about that and she seems to be fine with the development.
Says Asin, "See, I am the lead with Akshay Kumar and was content with the narration given to me and the character assigned to me. I had clarity from the very beginning about what I was doing in the film and nothing has changed in the final cut. There is no insecurity whatsoever."
Well, though 'Bol Bachchan' is yet another multi starrer in the anvil, Asin is again happy with the fact that she is paired with Ajay Devgn. Guess this is one leading lady who seems to be sure about her calculations and making the right moves.
Asin finds Sajid funny, says he forgets to say cut Asin Thottumkal, who is gearing up for her first multi-starrer "Housefull 2", describes director Sajid Khan as funny and says he forgets to say cut.
"Sajid Khan as a director is funny. He forgets to say cut. We would be doing a comedy scene and he will start laughing in the middle of the scene, that too in the mic and we all would get distracted...He is so involved in the scenes that he forgets to say cut," Asin told IANS.
Philanthropic side of Asin Ask Asin about the causes she supports and she is reluctant to talk about her philanthropic side since she believes that people will feel that she is doing it for publicity.
However, the actress opens up saying, “That's something that I have been a part of even before I became a part of the film industry. Right now, I am sponsoring the education of six children.
Also, I work in combination with a few shelter homes for people who are abandoned on the roads, people who are slightly mentally disturbed. There are about 80 inhabitants in that shelter.”
Asin recalls, “Ever since I was in school, I would take time off to go to institutions which work for differently abled kids. I would donate my old clothes to orphanages and shelters for girls.” She adds saying, “I am glad that I am a little bit more capable now.”