For someone who has been so selective about her films doing a multi-starrer like Housefull 2 came as a surprise. But she explains, “I'm secure as an actor. I've no problems doing an ensemble cast film.” And the credit she says goes to Sajid Khan, the director, who kept them entertained throughout the shoot. “He hardly acts like the director. He's more like a buddy. So it was like a big gang of friends at work.” she laughs adding, “It's nice to have family audiences enjoying the film, there's no vulgarity.”
A debut movie like Ghajini where she starred opposite Aamir Khan somewhere did raise the bar for her. “A film like Ghajini doesn't happen often,” she sighs. “That's what I am still looking out for, a fleshed out character in a mainstream film. I waited for a film like that instead of taking up random stuff. But a woman is usually an appendage in Hindi films, though there are a few female-centric films made today.
She may not have many but she's content with her choice of films. “The fact that I made a breakthrough and did films with Aamir Khan, Salman Khan (Ready) and Ajay Devgn (London Dreams) and now Akshay Kumar is great. Out of the four films I did, three are Rs 100 crore hits. With this kind of success ratio I guess I have done well for myself.” She declares proudly, “I made it without giggles, godfathers and grandfathers. I'm not a giggly bimbette. I am pleased with my journey.”
Her father (Joseph Thottumkal) has often been accused of interfering in her work, his presence being constant on the sets. “These are all misconceptions. Down South, yes, he was managing my career because there wasn't any professional manager there. There parents usually handle careers. But here there are professional companies to do that. So here I have relieved my parents of the responsibility.”
She says her USP is the fact that she's not part of the rat race. “I'm not in a rush to sign films and prove a point. There's a lot of pressure like 'oh you're doing such few films' or 'oh you're being so choosy'. I don't get influenced by such comments. I'm not insecure,” she explains adding, “There's a lot in me that's yet to be explored.” But she's firm about not approaching anyone. “I have never gone to producers for work. I'd be embarrassed to do that. If they think I'm good enough and suit their requirements, they'll approach me.”
She's not comfortable exposing on screen as well or donning a bikini just to be part of a mega banner. “I'll cross the bridge when I come to it. I've never been approached for such roles. I don't think I'll be comfortable doing bold scenes or films that have too much of sexual content. If I am uncomfortable doing them then it'll look awful on screen. Why torture the audiences?” she laughs. She's learnt to ignore media speculations about her. “The media scrutiny here is much more than what it is down South.”
She adds, “I don't belong to any camp but I have a great relationship with everyone I've worked with – Aamir, Salman, Ajay, Akshay and now Abhishek Bachchan. “Abhishek is such a kid. He and Ajay are like brothers. I'm like a newcomer between them. And they pull my leg like crazy. We play games and fight over scores. Abhishek is so stubborn that he'll argue till the end until you give up saying, 'Achcha baba, you win'. He keeps you entertained. The days when he's not around you miss his vibe.”
Recently, there were talks that she had walked out of Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh just after Abhishek did. “It's not because Abhishek walked out. The dates they asked for Chakravyuh clashed with our Bol Bachchan schedule. So we both couldn't do it.” She also denies ever being approached for Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express.
In the personal zone, she's lost weight drastically. From what we hear she weighs all of 45 kilos now. “I did lose a lot of weight. But now I have reached a plateau. During Ready I had really let myself go. So I got a grip on myself. It's not a good feeling when your jeans don't fit you,” Asin smiles.
Much has also been written about her alleged relationship and subsequent breakup with actor Neil Nitin Mukesh but she refuses to comment on anything even remotely close to the subject. In fact, she says Cupid hasn't struck her yet, although she's open to love. “Love is wonderful but there's nothing to talk about right now,” she sighs adding, “But I had a crush on someone just yesterday.” However, she didn't reveal her feelings to her crush. “I'm traditional that way. Only if the guy expresses his interest in me first, will I show my interest in him. I'll never make the first move,” she says shyly. So what is stopping her from finding the right guy? “The Universe,” she smiles. She goes on to list the qualities her man must possess. “More than physical attributes what would attract me is integrity, strength of character and emotional depth. I've come across men who are worse than girls. I've come across men who are drama queens. So I'd prefer a man who has maturity and integrity. Everything else is secondary.” She also adds, “Insecure people leave you with a bad experience. Treasure a guy whose frequency matches yours.”