Rarely do you get a multi-faceted star who comes in, hits major stardom from her first film, and then gets married and quits acting – all before her 31st birthday. Such a character is Asin – so big that she doesn’t need a last name to qualify her any further.
She was born in 1985 in Kochi, Kerala State, into a Syro-Malabar family. As a result she speaks 7 languages and is one of the rare few actresses that dubbed her own films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
Asin was to be named Mary, after her paternal grandmother. Her father however, named her Asin. She states that the ‘A’ in her name is from Sanskrit meaning “without”, and “sin” from English.
Asin’s first movie was the 2001 Malayalam release ‘Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka’. Asin was just a teenager at the time.
Asin’s first Tamil language film was M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi, in which she co-starred with Jayam Ravi. Asin reprised her role from her film Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi for the remake, which saw her portraying a Malayali girl instead of the Tamil girl in the original.
After the release of Ullam Ketkumae, Asin was cited as a leading heroine of the Tamil film industry after starring in blockbuster films such as Sivakasi, Varalaru and Pokkiri respectively.
In late 2008, Asin made her debut in the Bollywood film Ghajini (2008), opposite Aamir Khan, which was the first Bollywood film to have collected more than ₹1 billion in the domestic box office, subsequently collecting ₹1.9 billion (US$27 million) worldwide. Asin won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and many accolades for Ghajini.
2011 marked the most successful phase of Asin’s Bollywood career, as she starred in Anees Bazmee’s romantic comedy Ready, in which she co-starred alongside Salman Khan.
During the shoot of her film Ready in Sri Lanka, she was part of camps that were meant to help the Sri Lankan Tamil people who were affected by the Sri Lankan Civil War. She sponsors the education of six girl children each year.
She slowed down her filming as early as 2009, selecting only quality films and blockbusters such as Housefull 2. She appeared in no films in 2013 and 2014, and she returned final performance was in All is Well in 2015.