|Name: Asin Thottumkal
Born: October 26, 1985 (age 21) Kochi, Kerala, India
Years active: 2001 - present
Notable roles: Vasantha- in Shivaman, Kalpana - in Ghajini, Shrut
i- in Pokkiri
Asin has completed her B.A. English
Literature at St. Teresa's College, Kochi. She has shifted from her home town Kochi
to Chennai, whereAsin stays on Harrington Road. She is a native speaker of Malayalam,
and claims to speak Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Sanskrit, English and French. Before becoming
an actress, she was a part-time model and a businesswoman.
Asin Thottumkal debuted in the Malayalam film Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka in
2001, directed by Sathyan Anthikkad
but it did not do well at the box-office. Her
breakthrough as an actress came with her first Telugu language film when she played
the role of a Tamil girl in the successful Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi opposite Ravi
Initially many in the Tamil industry considered her to be a jinx as the initial
movies she signed in Tamil were either cancelled, delayed or faced financial problems.
Although she signed Ullam Ketkumae as her first Tamil film, her first release was
M. Kumaran son of Mahalakshmi which was a remake of her Telugu film Amma Nanna O
Tamila Ammayi. The movie went on to be
one of the biggest hits in 2004 and introduced
Asin to Kollywood.
Her movie Ghajini with Surya, which was released both in Tamil and Telegu, was a
box office hit in both industries.
Many movies followed and Asin played opposite some popular actors in South Indian
Cinema, among them Surya, Vijay, Vikram and Ajith, with whom she starred in Varalaru.
Her next movies include Pokiri with Vijay, Aalwar with Ajith Kumar and Dasavatharam
with Kamal Haasan. She was roped in to play heroine in Sillunu Oru Kaadhal with
Surya, but opted out because her character was to play second fiddle to Jyothika.
She was subsequently replaced with Bhoomika Chawla. Asin recently won the Filmfare
Best Actress Award South for her role in Ghajini.
Asin is also brand ambassador for various products including Parachute, Fairever,
Close-Up and Mirinda. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru,
Naalai alongside many other co-stars. She is currently maried to Laxshan Nagalin.
Asin has apparently told many friends that she had fallen in love with Surya during
the shooting of Ghajini but since he is married she is hoping to get the attention of Jayam Ravi.