Today, Indian cinema is all about making it to the 100-crore club, and more than content, everyone is talking about how much money a film makes. Among the lucky actresses who have been part of these 100-crore blockbusters is Asin – from her first Bollywood film Ghajini to Ready toHousefull 2 to the latest Bol Bachchan. Now she’s keeping her fingers for Khiladi 786. Asin talks to Box Office India about Khiladi 786, working with Akshay Kumar and a whole lot more…
Sharing screen space with Akshay Kumar
To know whether we have chemistry or not, one has to watch the film. I am really happy with the way the film has shaped up. Working with Akshay is always fun. He is also very punctual, so we start shooting on time and finish it on time. And while shooting, we have so much fun that we don’t feel fatigued. As an actor, I have always looked up to him. In Housefull 2, our chemistry was different as it was multi-starrer but in Khiladi 786, we are the main pair.
For the first time, I am playing a Marathi mulgi so I had to work on the diction. My character is a bit rough, she is very confident. I am sure everyone will love this film, especially the songs. I myself keep listening to every track.
Being a 100-crore heroine
Frankly, I don’t understand the 100-crore buzz but I am always happy when I hear that my film has done such good business. I will be offered films only if my films do good business, right? I think I am lucky to be offered good scripts. I don’t have any success mantra because a film is always team work, not an individual effort. I believe that’s the formula.
Script or Actor?
You will never see me doing three to four films a year because I don’t take up every script that comes my way. Actually, 2012 was the first year I had three films releasing in the same year. Touch wood, two of them turned out to be blockbusters and I hope Khiladi 786 does well so that my producers are happy. In the end, the audience should feel good after watching the film. So it’s the script, director, co-star and, of course, the producer.
Yes, to date, I haven’t received any criticism for my work and audiences remember my roles and characters. But, yes, I believe my best is yet to come. I have made a mark without a godfather in this industry. I started my career with Aamir Khan, then worked with Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar.
As part of the audience, I would say that I would watch a film if the promo interests me; the genre doesn’t matter. No doubt, today, even heroines are carrying films on their shoulders and making them hits. But, at the end of the day, it’s the content that matters. Kahaani was an entertaining film, so was English Vinglish. On the other hand, there have been so many women-oriented films which haven’t done well.