[Pinkvilla Exclusive] It's extremely rare to find an audience both in the North and the South - Asin
Asin took Bollywood by storm as Aamir Khan's love interest in Ghajini in 2008. Over the years, she’s delivered mainly hits where in three out of her four films went on to be the top 10 Bollywood blockbusters of all time. She is right now considered a lucky mascot by film makers. She has recently signed Khiladi 786 opposite Akshay Kumar and all eyes are now set on ‘Bol Bachchan’ which promises to be yet another hit in Asin’s kitty.
Pinkvilla.com caught up with the chirpy actress in an exclusive tete-a-tete where she talked about her choice of movies, her style makeover and on why she doesn’t plan on joining Twitter.
You are the new 100 cr heroine with Housefull 2 crossing the 100 cr mark. How does that feel?
It feels wonderful, but also somewhat incredible. It’s just been three and half years only for me in the Hindi film industry and to have three out of my four films in the top-10 films of all time is kind of unnerving! I think it is a largely a function of luck, growth in the film business and perhaps to a little extent on my choice of scripts - universal entertainers with a strong emotional or humor quotient.
How does it feel to have made it to the top in the North and South industries at the same time?
(Phew!) At some level I feel validated that work, dedication and belief in myself has worked for me. It is extremely rare that an actor in India finds an audience in the north and the south, and I feel very lucky to be Pan-Indian in that regard. There are slightly different audience sensibilities in the north and the south but I have been fortunate to have been accepted in both places.
Filmmakers consider you a lucky mascot with 3 blockbusters under you already. How do you take the tag?
Well it is a good tag to have for sure! Hopefully over time I can maintain the consistency of my work and better it and the perception changes to - it is her performance as much as lucky charm that makes it a hit!
You seem to be doing only comedies of late? Is that where your heart is?
It’s just a coincidence that my last two movies were also comedies. I personally would love to work in all genres. And like every girl I love rom-coms!
You are not from the film industry. How difficult it is it to sustain in this stiff competition especially from the other leading ladies?
By not thinking about it! As long as I am getting good work and the audience appreciates me, which so far has happened for me, I really don't think there is any competition! I didn't join the film industry to prove that I am better than this girl or more successful than that girl. And neither do I think that way even today.
How do you handle negativity in the media?
Well – with a laugh or at least a smile because I'm a very positive person. Also one must realize that anyone who becomes popular, gets his or her share of flak. Even the biggest superstars have their critics. So I guess there is no reason why I should not get my share. Internally, I know who I am, so am able to tell what is valid criticism and what is irrelevant. Frankly, I have had a lot of good fortune in life. I better learn to live with a bit of criticism. (winks)
You have Bol Bachchan coming up. The trailer has generated a good response. Can you tell me a little about your role in the movie?
I play a character named Sania Bachchan in the movie. She’s very earthy. It’s a different look Rohit has given me in this film. I don’t think I can say anything more or Rohit will beat me up!
How was it working with Abhishek Bachchan & Ajay Devgn? Did they play pranks on you on the sets?
It was like working with a boy gang! Rohit, Ajay and AB have known each other since their childhood. So I was the new entry into that fold! Ajay and AB are like brothers. They were great fun on sets.
You seemed to have shed kilos and glammed up. Can you tell us something about it? How did you go about losing the kilos? Any tips?
Oh that! I had let myself go during the shooting of 'Ready' and I wanted to get back in shape. And plus, all this while I left the choice of my outfits to the different people who styled me thinking that they knew best. But I realized that I knew best what’s good for me and started to take more of a personal interest in presenting myself in accordance to my personality and body shape. I guess that really worked. Yay! (Grins)
What kind of roles are you looking forward to in the future? Any plans on joining Twitter?
I like doing mainstream cinema as it helps me reach out to a large audience. But having said that I am looking for more fleshed out characters with scope for performance within the commercial format.
And about twitter- I had the personal debate within myself whether to join or not because U see I’m a person with very strong personal opinions on things and being on twitter I would be very expressive! It is (my thoughts) quite whacky, fun and sometimes very serious. Now people who know me would understand it rightly and wouldn’t misinterpret it as they personally know the kind of person I am. But that won’t be the case on twitter! Plus, the main reason I would say is that I would only take up something only if I can be consistent and dedicated to it. I'm a moody- sometimes imp all about reaching out and connecting and sometimes I like to be by myself. So I know I wouldn’t be able to be out there consistently. So why give a promise of connection and then disappoint?
The rapid fire round. Are you up for it?
A director who you would love to work with - Raju Hirani, Imtiaz Ali