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    Kal Ho Na Ho
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    Aug 2008
    India & Cambodia

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    Amazing, isnít it, the way Asin Thottumkal came to Bollywood and easily conquered the film industry?

    Sheís the flavour of the season, everyone wants to sign her, and co-stars Aamir Khan and Salman Khan apparently cannot stop praising the southern beauty.

    But, itís hard to believe, Asin actually had rejected films like Bachchana Ae Hasino, Delhi 6, Karthik Calling Karthik and the very recent De Dana Dan with Akshay Kumar before Ghajini made her!

    ďItís not as if Iíve come out of oblivion and suddenly made it big here,Ē said the actress whoís currently busy with London Dreams. Another film sheís thrilled about is the trilingual international project titled 19th Step thatís in English, Japanese and Tamil and in which she co-stars with the popular Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano. Asin plays an Indian princess who falls in love with a Japanese warrior come down to learn the ancient Dravidian martial art Kalaripayattu. The music for this film is scored by A R Rahman. And, Asin has to return to her home state Kerala to brush up her own Kalaripayattu skills for the film. BT spoke to her before she left...

    Youíve just stepped into Bollywood and are all set to take off internationally...
    I donít see any border within India as far as cinema goes. Iím a product of Indian cinema but anything that gives me a chance to explore my creativity beyond Indian boundaries is welcome. As for making Bollywood my base, Iíll take up films that Iím convinced about. I have to quantify my presence in them. I donít want to be just another adorning prop.

    Despite refusing so many films youíre quite popular with Bollywood filmmakers...
    Any other newcomer would have been tempted to take up the offers. But I donít regret my decision. I have a certain way of working which many feel is my formula for success. Maybe I have luck on my side which I call the ĎXí factor. I guess itís the blessings of my parents. I hear the story, then study my character, after which I check on the director and finally the banner and the hero of the films offered to me.

    Asin means...
    Asin means pure, without blemish. I try and live upto my name. My parents didnít want me to be categorised into any caste, creed or religion. If you donít know me the name could be a boyís or a girlís. I have never heard the name Asin. Sometimes when Iím travelling, my papers describe me as Mr Asin. It makes me laugh! The letter A comes from Sanskrit and Ďsiní comes from English.

    Whatís with Salman and you?
    Even justifying it has become a big joke! Linking up co-stars is an outdated pre-publicity stunt for films. Salmanís a chilled out guy, very supportive. We have a good professional rapport.

    Did Shah Rukh Khan recommend you for a Yash Chopra film and did you reject a film with Akshay?
    Nobodyís come up with any offer with Shah Rukh, though I would love to act with him. And, yes, I refused De Dana Dan with Akshay because I didnít have the dates.

    How would you describe Shah Rukh, Aamir, Salman and Akshay in one word?
    Aamir ó dedicated, Shah Rukh ó charming, Salman órelaxed, Akshay ó active.

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    dR Angels
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