This is the latest interview of our Miss.....she explains about her love life or the lack of it and more.
"Why do you want to interview me? I have nothing to say." Standard disclaimer from Ms Thottumkal. I am on 'ignore' mode. So she tries the next tack. "My answers are not exciting..." Okay
then we'll just have to make the questions interesting won't we? Let's
see, now there's enough stuff to get the reader all perked up. Mostly
about some really famous males of the species. Salman Khan, Mahendra
Singh Dhoni, Shahid Kapoor... "God, where do you dig up these things from," she
asks incredulously. And the current reigning queen of mind-numbing
political correctness directs a cheeky smile at me. As usual the more
interesting interview is the one that happens off record. Alas alack
on an extremely puffy recliner at her 14th floor apartment, she looks
fresh as mint. She tempts me with chocolate and chips both of which I
learn are her favourite food. She talks nineteen million to the dozen.
After about two and half hours of girlie yak yak I almost forget that I
have an assignment on hand. Somewhere between gorging on her mom's puttu
(steamed rice cakes) and honey and explaining to her how we bring out a
magazine each fortnight (she is really interested in this kind of
stuff) we both remember with a start that there's an interview to do. On
comes the dictaphone and off goes the Asin who is unguarded and
garrulous. Taking her place is someone who could give both Madhuri Dixit
and Sridevi a serious run in the 'No I don't recognise this
controversial question so I am going to pretend I don't know the answer'
sort of interview
It's been a quiet year on the movie front but she managed to keep the media interested. She rolls her eyes as I tell her that. "Media is interested in what people had for breakfast. So what's new," she shrugs her petite shoulders. In fact, she shrugs a lot throughout the interview. It's a very 'shruggy' kinda interview.
quiet year, no releases, just one film on hand (Ready) currently and
the last film (London Dreams) didn't exactly set the box office on fire.
Plus she has earned herself the precarious tag of 'choosy'. She refutes
brilliantly, "If it has
been a quiet year and if my last flop has given me a setback why are
people still talking about me? Why am I still in the news? And can one
flop really kill someone's career?" She continues strongly, "I
may be a newcomer here but I am not new to the film world. I have been
working for the last 10 years and I have seen enough number of hits and
flops to know that one hit or one flop can't make or break your life."
Okay, to her credit all the films she was supposedly offered and
refused like Delhi-6 and Karthik Calling Karthik nosedived but what was
the whole dillydallying with Anurag Basu's Silence? She counters, "Not
once have I mentioned in print or elsewhere that I have been signed on
for the film or that I am in the reckoning for the role. So why should I
offer any explanations now? The media anyway has been drawing its own
I see more refutations coming my way. But she is smiling. And seems
unfazed. She says that nothing bothers her anymore. Not the hype after
Ghajini, not the lull right now. "How
can I answer whether I have lived upto the hype? I am two films old in
this industry. I have a long way to go. And like I said if there is no
buzz surrounding me why is the question even being raised? No one should
even be bringing up the topic if the hype has died down."
Okay let's move on to the captain of the Indian cricket team. She rolls
her eyes and shrugs her shoulders. Did I mention she shrugs a lot? So
what about it she wants to know? Well just that there were heavy rumours
about the two of them and suddenly he goes and gets hitched. She throws
me a mysterious Mona Lisa smile and says, "Again
did I ever say anything about this? Only the media kept speculating.
No, I wasn't shocked that he got married out of the blue. I knew he was
dating Sakshi Singh." And about him coming over to watch the World Cup Final at her place she remarks, "He
is a friend. Don't friends hang out with each other? What's the big
deal if Dhoni came home to watch the match? We met at the ad shoot we
did together and have stayed in touch ever since. That's all."
that's not all. Didn't she bump into Mr and Mrs Dhoni in Sri Lanka
where she was shooting for Ready and it was supposedly an awkward
moment? "No! I didn't," she exclaims. "I
was back in India when that story came out. Unless I could have been in
two places at the same time I don't see how that would have been
"Enough about Dhoni! God, you guys are obsessed," she
says with yet another dramatic rolling of the eyes. Okay, enough about
him but we ain't done yet. What does she have to say to the story that
she and Shahid Kapoor got friendly during an ad shoot and Priyanka
Chopra was none too pleased when she dropped in on the sets? "Someone's
mind is creative and working overtime for sure," she says in an acerbic
tone. "I didn't even know if Priyanka visited the sets or not the day I
shot with Shahid. So where is the question of cold vibes between us? As
far as rumours go this one takes the cake," she says with yet another
shrug. But I point out that logic states there can't be smoke without
fire. "Well then in this case, somehow the smoke is without any fire," she retorts. "Like
in the case of Salman Khan also. It's just stupid to link us up. So
unimaginative to do that just because we were in a film together."
And despite stray link-ups she is steadily single. About the mingling bit she says, "I
would mingle if I find the right guy. I don't mind dating an actor or
anyone for that matter but I have to like that person first. I don't
have a checklist that I mentally tick off when I meet a guy. But there
has to be a connect, some chemistry. I am not desperate to date just
anyone." Yes yes that's pretty straightforward logic we agree. "Till then I am happy being single..." she says with yet another, you guessed it, shrug of the shoulders