Asin Thottumkal (born 26 October 1985), known mononymously as Asin, is a former Indian actress who appeared in Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu films. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer.
She has received three Filmfare Awards. She began her acting career in the South Indian film industry, but later shifted her focus to Bollywood.
She also speaks eight languages, and dubs her own films. She is the only Malayali actress, other than Padmini, to have dubbed in her own voice for all her films, irrespective of language. Asin has been referred to as the “Queen of Kollywood by online portals in 2007.
Making her acting debut with Sathyan Anthikkad’s Malayalam film Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (2001), Asin had her first commercial success with the Telugu film Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi in 2003, and won a Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award for the film. M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi (2004) was her debut in Tamil and a huge success.
In late 2008, Asin made her debut in the Bollywood film Ghajini (2008), opposite Aamir Khan, which was the first Bollywood film to have collected more than ₹1 billion in the domestic box office, subsequently collecting ₹1.9 billion (US$25 million) worldwide.
Ghajini actress Asin may have left showbiz, but still manages to catch the media attention every now and then. The gorgeous diva stopped taking up assignments post her nuptials and here’s what she is up to now.
Former actress Asin Thottumkal, popularly known as Asin may have quit showbiz, but does not venture away from attention every now and then. Having featured in Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu films, Asin has had a long list of massive hits under her belt, in her eight-year-long film career.
As the big screen’s Kalpana celebrates her 36th birthday today, we are sure that you may be curious about her recent activities and ventures. Before we delve into that, here’s a quick look at her background till now.
Asin began her acting career in the South Indian film industry, but later shifted her focus to Bollywood and immediately established a name for herself after the massive success of Ghajini where she played Aamir Khan’s ladylove Kalpana.
The name gained her massive praise since in Asin’s own words, it is “both first name and surname, a combination of Rahul and my first names. ‘Rayn’ is pronounced ‘Ra’-‘in’ but spelt with a twist. A short, simple name, gender neutral, secular, free of religion, caste and patriarchy.”
While the actress is not too active on social media, she does not shy away from giving ardent fans a peek into her life through occasional posts of Arin. Her endearing photos also include occasional throwback of her films and respect to the film fraternity in the form of posts for Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor on their unfortunate demise.
Seems like she is still close to some of her B-town colleagues since she also did not fail to wish Akshay Kumar on his birthday, whom she calls cupid since he was the one who introduced her to hubby Rahul.
Her Bollywood ventures included acting with top actors such as Salman Khan in Ready, Akshay Kumar in Khiladi 786and Ajay Devgn in Bol Bachchanmany among others. She was last seen in All Is Wellwhich starred Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Supriya Pathak.
It was however back in 2016 when she announced that post her nuptials to Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma, she will be stepping out of the limelight to focus on her personal life.
“For all my media friends who still have not got the message, I’m once again reiterating that I have stopped taking up any assignments and have wrapped all my commitments before my wedding itself including my brand endorsements,” she had written.
Staying true to her words, the actress did step away from showbiz but still remains relevant to date. Her social media posts are all too adorable to ignore and will definitely bring a smile to your face. Asin and Rahul welcomed their baby girl back in 2017. She has since treated her loyal fan army to several snaps of her 3-year-old daughter, named Arin Rayn.
October 26 marks Asin Thottumkal’s 36th birthday. On this special day, you can check out the most glamorous looks of Asin .
In 2005, she was paired opposite Suriya in Ghajini, which became the biggest blockbuster of the year. The character Kalpana, she played in the film was lauded by the audience. Interestingly, Asin married the telecom industry owner Rahul Sharma, which alluded to the character Kalpana. In the film, Kalpana would marry a telecom industry owner Sanjay Ramaswamy played by Suriya.
The talented actress also marked made her Bollywood debut in Ghajini, alongside Aamir Khan. She played the role of Kalpana Shetty and her performance caught everyone’s attention. She also won Filmfare Best Debutant Actress Award for Ghajini (Hindi) .
The pretty actress has gone on to make a mark in Tamil as well as Telugu films such as Sivakasi, Varalaru, Pokkiri, Vel, Gharshana, Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, Sivamani and Lakshmi Narasimha. Asin was last seen in Tamil film Kaavalan, which was directed by Siddique.