• Actress Asin ThottumkalReuters
  • Bollywood actors Asin Thottumkal (L) stands next to Salman Khan gesturing during a news conference, about their new film "Ready" which is being shot in Sri Lanka, in Colombo June 30, 2010.Reuters
  • Cast members (L-R) Shazahn Padamsee, Asin Thottumkal, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Zarine Khan speak during a news conference before the world premiere of Bollywood movie "Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen" at the Resort World Sentosa in Singapore April 3, 2012.REUTERS/Tim Chong
  • Bollywood actress Asin unveils a painting of "Ghajini" co-star Aamir Khan in Mumbai December 23, 2008. The painting is Bollywood actor Salman Khan's artwork.Reuters
  • Bollywood actress Asin poses in front of a poster of actor Aamir Khan at a party for their movie Ghajini in Mumbai December 30, 2008.Reuters
  • Bollywood actress Asin feeds a piece of cake to actor Aamir Khan at a party for their movie Ghajini in Mumbai December 30, 2008.Reuters
  • Cast members (L-R) Aamir Khan, Jiah Khan and Asin and director AR Murugadoss pose at a party to celebrate the success of their film "Ghajini" in Mumbai January 12, 2009.Reuters
  • Bollywood actress Asin poses backstage during the Nokia 15th Annual Star Screen Awards 2008 in Mumbai January 14, 2009. Picture taken January 14, 2009.Reuters
  • Bollywood actress Asin celebrates after winning the Best Female Debut award for the movie "Ghajini" at the 10th International Indian Film Academy in Macau June 13, 2009.Reuters
  • Bollywood actors Asin (L) and Shahid Kapur pose for a picture during the 37th anniversary celebrations of Giants International, a service and charitable organisation, in Mumbai September 17, 2009.Reuters
  • Bollywood actress Asin (C), President of the National Conference (NC) party Farooq Abdullah (L) and Chairman of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri pose for a picture during a launch campaign ceremony of 'Lighting up a billion lives' in Mumbai July 29, 2009. The campaign is designed by the international advertising association and organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).Reuters
  • (From L-R) Bollywood actresses Mughda Godse, Asin and Celina Jaitley attend the annual Stardust awards ceremony to honour Indian film industry talent in various categories in Mumbai January 17, 2010.Reuters
  • Asin Set To Tie Knot To US Based NRI?Reuters
  • A screen of actors Asin Thottumka and Salman Khan from "Ready"Ready Official Site
  • (From L-R) Cast members of "Housefull 2" actresses Zarine Khan, Asin Thottumkal, Jacqueline Fernandez and Shazahn PadamseeOfficial site
  • Cast members of "Housefull 2" (From L- R) actors Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, John Abraham and Jacqueline FernandezOfficial Site

Actress Asin Thottumkal, who made her Bollywood debut with breakthrough film 'Ghajini' (2008) opposite actor Aamir Khan, has expressed her interest in doing more commercial films.

Stating that commercial cinema reaches out to a larger number of people, the actress told Reuters that she would to like to focus more on such films.

"I would focus on commercial cinema, and within that I would look at more fleshed out characters," Reuters quoted Asin as saying.

"The closest example I could give is that of my character in 'Ghajini'. Kalpana had her own character graph - she had different shades to her and it drove the story forward. That's the kind of work I am looking for," she added.

Asin's first role in Bollywood was a cakewalk for her, having done the same role in the original version.  After 'Ghajini' which was the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2008, Asin was seen with two big stars Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn in ' London Dreams' Unfortunately, the film was a box-office debacle.

But Asin was quick to climb the success ladder once again with blockbuster comedy flick 'Ready' (2011) co starring Salman.

Her recently released "Housefull 2- The Dirty Dozen" directed by Sajid khan too has set the cash registers ringing. The film has fetched more than one billion so far.

Asin, an established star in the South, shared her happiness on her successful transition from South cinema to Bollywood. 

"It's been three years actually. I am quite happy. Not many people are able to make the successful transition from the southern film industry to Bollywood, and the fact that I did it with a short time-period of three years, is great," Asin told Reuters.

"Two out of my three films have been blockbusters, and there is a long way to go, but the start has been good," she added.

When asked about the differences between South Cinema and Hindi film industry was quick to point out some.

"I think there is a variety down south -- you still have the commercial variety with your songs and fights and dances, but then you also have some very strong roles for women. Malayalam cinema has a lot of those, very few in Tamil have that. It's a mixture actually," she said.

Asin will be seen in director Rohit Shetty's upcoming film 'Bol Bachchan' which is scheduled to be released on June 6, 2012.

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