Youíve just stepped into Bollywood and are all set to take off internationally...
I donít see any border within India as far as cinema goes. Iím a product of Indian cinema but anything that gives me a chance to explore my creativity beyond Indian boundaries is welcome. As for making Bollywood my base, Iíll take up films that Iím convinced about. I have to quantify my presence in them. I donít want to be just another adorning prop.
Despite refusing so many films youíre quite popular with Bollywood filmmakers...
Any other newcomer would have been tempted to take up the offers. But I donít regret my decision. I have a certain way of working which many feel is my formula for success. Maybe I have luck on my side, which I call the ĎXí factor. I guess itís the blessings of my parents. I hear the story, then study my character, after which I check on the director and finally the banner and the hero of the films offered to me.
Asin means pure, without blemish. I try and live up to my name. My parents didnít want me to be categorised into any caste, creed or religion. If you donít know me the name could be a boyís or a girlís. I have never heard the name Asin. Sometimes when Iím travelling, my papers describe me as Mr Asin. It makes me laugh! The letter A comes from Sanskrit and Ďsiní comes from English.
Your mum is a doctor and dad also has a strong academic background. What about you?
Iím a BA in English literature. I was studying when I stepped into glam business.
Didnít they ever object to your choice of a career?
Thereís no one professionally into an art field in my family. Despite that, they never stopped me from trying what I wanted to. They were very supportive. They still are. Mum has given up her career to look after us and dad looks after my work.
Have you started making friends in the industry now?
(Chuckles) I wasnít averse to making friends anyway. I met a lot of my contemporaries at award functions in the recent months. I do keep in touch with a couple of them. But I donít believe in using Ďfriendsí to propel my career. Thatís not the idea. Weíre either friends for life or not.
Isnít Salman Khan a dear Ďfriendí? Whatís with Salman and you?
Heís a colleague; Iíve worked with him. Thereís nothing more, nothing less. Even justifying it has become a big joke! Linking up co-stars is an outdated pre-publicity stunt for films. Salmanís a chilled out guy, very supportive. We have a good professional rapport.
Itís said that he has gifted you a house.
Thatís silly. Iíve been living in the same house ever since I shifted to Mumbai. I hadnít even met Salman then. The media has got him to gift me a house, someone to do the interiors and even adorned my walls with his paintings and posters.