|She's not comfortable exposing on screen as well or donning a bikini just to be part of a mega banner. “I'll cross the bridge when I come to it. I've never been approached for such roles. I don't think I'll be comfortable doing bold scenes or films that have too much of sexual content. If I am uncomfortable doing them then it'll look awful on screen. Why torture the audiences?” she laughs. She's learnt to ignore media speculations about her. “The media scrutiny here is much more than what it is down South.”
Will she be able to do what Vidya Balan did with The Dirty Picture “No. It is totally out of my comfort zone. As an actor I have set some boundaries for myself and The Dirty Picture was outside those. The physicality and the mental space of the character were too taxing and I would have had to put on 13 kilos! I am happy in the space that I am in right now. I like to do big commercial films, as it gets me a bigger audience.”
Recently, there were talks that you had walked out of Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh just after Abhishek Bachchan did. “It's not because Abhishek walked out. The dates they asked for Chakravyuh clashed with our Bol Bachchan schedule. So we both couldn't do it.” She also denies ever being approached for Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express.
Any film with Shahrukh Khan in the pipeline “It would be great to work with him, if the opportunity does come. Only thing is, I cannot go around plotting and scheming to get work. I don’t have any kind of pressure to go out of my way to bag an assignment. I don’t have a family to take care of, and I am the only daughter; hence there is no pressure whatsoever. I have been very choosy about the films I do. I could have easily signed a dozen films after the success of Ghajini, but I didn’t. I work at my own pace and do films that excite me with people who are nice.”
She adds, “I don't belong to any camp but I have a great relationship with everyone I've worked with – Aamir, Salman, Ajay, Akshay and now Abhishek Bachchan. Abhishek is such a kid. He and Ajay are like brothers. I'was like a newcomer between them. And they pulled my leg like crazy. We played games and fought over scores. Abhishek is so stubborn that he'll argue till the end until you give up saying, 'Achcha baba, you win'. He keeps you entertained. The days when he's not around you miss his vibe.”
In the personal zone, she has lost weight drastically. From what we hear she weighs all of 45 kilos now. “I did lose a lot of weight. But now I have reached a plateau. During Ready I had really let myself go. So I got a grip on myself. It's not a good feeling when your jeans don't fit you,” Asin smiles.
Much has also been written about her alleged relationship and subsequent breakup with actor Neil Nitin Mukesh but she refuses to comment on anything even remotely close to the subject. In fact, she says Cupid hasn't struck her yet, although she's open to love. “Love is wonderful but there's nothing to talk about right now,” she sighs adding, “But I had a crush on someone just yesterday.”
However, she didn't reveal her feelings to her crush. “I'm traditional that way. Only if the guy expresses his interest in me first, will I show my interest in him. I'll never make the first move,” she says shyly. So what is stopping her from finding the right guy? “The Universe,” she smiles. She goes on to list the qualities her man must possess. “More than physical attributes what would attract me is integrity, strength of character and emotional depth. I've come across men who are worse than girls. I've come across men who are drama queens. So I'd prefer a man who has maturity and integrity. Everything else is secondary.” She also adds, “Insecure people leave you with a bad experience. Treasure a guy whose frequency matches yours.”