Birthday: 26 October 1985
Born: Cochin , Kerala , India
Asin Thottumkal , known mononymously as Asin is an Indian film actress, model and stage performer.
Years active: 2001-present
Making her acting debut in Sathyan Anthikkad's Malayalam film Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (2001), Asin had her first commercial success with Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi in 2003, and won a Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award for the film.
After a number of films, she received her second South Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her critically acclaimed performance in her second Tamil film, Ghajini (2005). She played the lead female roles in blockbusters such as the action comedy Varalaru (2006), the action thriller Pokkiri (2007) and the big budget production Dasavathaaram (2008). In late 2008, Asin made her dbut in Bollywood, with Ghajini, the remake of its Tamil namesake, subsequently winning the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.
Early life and background
Asin was born in Kochi, Kerala, India and attended Naval Public School from L.K.G.(Pre.K) through 10th standard (grade). She then attended St. Teresa's School in Kochi for her Plus Two education. After that she attended St. Teresa's College for Women in Kochi, a college affiliated with MG University, where she earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature. Her father, Joseph Thottumkal originally from a Nasrani (Syro Malabar) family in Thodupuzha,managed several businesses before he decided to manage his daughter's acting career. He accompanies her to all her foreign shoots. Her mother, Seline Thottumkal remains a surgeon, who moved settlements from Cochin to Chennai to Mumbai to live with her daughter. Asin has quoted that her name means "pure and without blemish". She claims that "the 'A' in her name is from Sanskrit meaning "without", and 'sin' from English".
Asin Thottumkal has decided to fund the education of Radhika, an eight-year-old orphan girl from Kerala.She also was part of the camps that were meant to help the Sri Lankan Tamil people who were affected by the wars in Sri Lanka during her shoot of her film Ready with Salman Khan.
Asin is the brand ambassador for a number of products including Fairever Fairness cream, Clinic All Clear Shampoo, Parachute Hair Oil, Colgate Maxfresh Tooth paste, Mirinda (soft drink), Spinz Talcum Powder, BIG 92.7 FM Radio station, Tanishq, Goldplus Jewellery, Tata Sky and Sure (anti-perspirant). The popular soap brand Lux signed Asin as their brand ambassador in late 2010. Earlier, Asin was also signed as the brand ambassador for Amrutanjan. Asin was also the brand ambassador for Big Bazzar, with the Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Awards and Honours
Asin has bagged a number of awards for her performance in various films in the Tamil Telugu and Hindi industries, including the Kalaimamani award by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 2009. She also won the Giant award along with Shahid Kapoor in the same year. She has won various Filmfare awards and other prominent awards for her acting skills in all three major industries which she has been part of in her career. The three filmfare awards, she has won so far includes, Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award for Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for Ghajini and Best Debut(Female) Award for her Hindi debut in Ghajini. She has also won Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow - Female, IIFA Star Debut Award and Star Screen Award for Best Promising Newcomer-Female and was also nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award for her outstanding performance in Ghajini. Apart from her filmfare awards, she has also won Santosham Best Actress Award for her scintillating performance in Shivamani 9848022338 alongside Nagarjuna and ITFA Best Actress Award for her portrayal of a Brahmin girl opposite Kamal Haasan in Dasavathaaram.Information credited by Wikipedia ...
Edited by -Noorii- - 10 June 2011 at 12:34pm