Asin got married to Akshay Kumar last week. But there’s nothing to baulk about in that. She was dressed as a bride for the umpteenth time on-screen and has clearly had enough of it. “I was recently telling my staff that I should find my Mr. Right right away and get married for real now!,” she laughs, talking about her week-long Punjabi wedding happening on the sets of Khiladi 786, the next in the popular Khiladi series of the 1990s.
It’s Asin’s second movie with Akshay ‘Khiladi’ Kumar after the super successful Housefull 2 and the actor is only too happy to collaborate with him on yet another film. “Akshay is an absolute joy to work with. He is, in fact, my favourite co-star. He’s a person who hits the right balance between fun and professionalism. He is witty and loves to keep his co-stars on their toes with his impromptu improvisations. In spite of the fact that he is so senior in the industry and with the successful Khiladi franchise and many other films behind him, we are still kind of buddies,” says Asin. She adds that his positive and encouraging attitude helps his co-stars immensely.
With each of her last three releases (Ready, Housefull 2 and Bol Bachchan) hitting the Rs. 100 crore circuit in Bollywood, Asin is quickly gaining the Midas touch status! She laughs about this, “Yes! I gave Aamir his Ghajini hit, as I did for Salman in Ready and everyone else.”
On a more serious note, she adds, “All I can say is I do have the knack for picking up good stories and if these get appreciated, with or without the Rs. 100 crore business, it makes me satisfied. I am also very happy that I started work with big stars such as Aamir, Salman, Ajay (Devgn) and Akshay right away unlike others who start with smaller films. Bollywood works in a very different way; I am glad to have found my space here.”
You wonder if it’s a good time to talk about how she handles successes and failures, given that her career is on an upswing now, but Asin promptly says, “Anytime is a good time to talk about failures; I am not superstitious about these things. Failure is a truth and it can happen anytime. Failure keeps you grounded. In fact, my father always says, ‘Never let success go to your head, nor failure to your heart.’ I totally adhere to this. I believe one should just keep working.” Asin is now looking for better fleshed-out roles in Hindi films. “Initially, the plan was to connect with the audience. I think I have achieved that — even Khiladi 786 is a mass film, for that matter. Now I I am looking for well-written roles for myself. Even in the South, I’d love to do excitingly different roles. I am sure even my fans want to see me doing something away from the usual. I am waiting for filmmakers to bring me something that makes me sign the film without any further thought.”