Asin alias Asin Thottumkal, the reigning queen of Tamil films from Kerala, was born on 26th October, 1985 to Joseph Thottumkal, a businessman and a doctor mother Seline Thottumkal. Even from a young age she showed a drive to succeed in whatever she did.. be it a stint in business or modeling.
She started modeling at the age of 14 and has endorsed many popular brands including Pepsi, Ponds, Limca, Fair and Lovely, Medimix, Prince Jewellery, Kumaram Silks etc.. Trained in Bharatnatyam and folk dance, she debuted into movies in 2001, in the Malayalam film “Narendaran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka”(2001) directed by Sathyan Anthikkad which turned out to be a huge flop according to the box office records.
It was in 2003 that Asin made her debut as a full fledged heroine in the Telugu film ‘Amma Nanna O’Tamil Ammayi'(2003) opposite Ravi Teja. For this movie she won the Film Fare award for Best Debut actress in the year 2003. It was followed by another movie ‘Shivamani 98480 22338′(2003) opposite Nagarjuna which was also a blockbuster. After that she got countless offers from the Tollywood Industry- ‘Lakshmi Narasimha’ (2004), ‘Gharshana’ (2004) etc., being some of them.
In Tamil, she had problems initially with her first movie ‘Ullam Ketkumae’ being cancelled and another movie ‘Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikalam’ with Surya being stalled. But the scenario changed with the release of ‘M. Kumaran Son of Mahalakshmi'(2005) which became one of the biggest hits in 2005. After that she was flooded with offers from well known Tamil directors and there was no looking back. She received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in her second super hit Tamil film, Ghajini (2005). She won the hearts of the Tamil audience with her captivating performance in the movie, which could be termed as her biggest commercial success till date. Ghajini and another top grosser, an action comedy ‘Varalaru’ in 2006 established her as one of the most prominent leading actresses of South Indian cinema.
Apart from films, she is also a Brand Ambassador for Fairever, Tanishq, BIG 92.7 FM, Spinz, Parachute, Colgate and Mirinda. This charming beauty has her head firmly on her shoulders and knows exactly the way to move. Now she is making a debut in Bollywood, in the remake of Ghajini opposite Amir Khan who was so impressed with her superb performance in the original that he recommended her to act the female lead in its Hindi version. This intelligent lass knows 6 languages Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Sanskrit, French, English apart from her mother tongue Malayalam, and is known for her dedication to her work and remains one of the respectable stars in the industry. We can expect the starlet to ride high in Hindi films as she did in Tamil and Telugu as well.