Asin

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Asin at the 57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011

Asin Thottumkal (born 5 January 1986) known mononymously as Asin is an Indian actress and Bharathanatyam dancer. She began her acting career in the South Indian film industry, but now appears predominantly in Bollywood films.

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Background

Asin was born in Cochin (now Kochi) in Kerala to a Syro Malabar Catholic family. Her father Joseph Thottumkal is an Ex-CBI officer and later managed several businesses. Her mother Seline Thottumkal, who moved settlements from Kochi to Chennai to Mumbai to live with her daughter, is a surgeon.

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$30 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. The film was a major hit at the box office, collecting ₹1.84 billion (US$29 million) worldwide.[14] In 2012, Asin first starred in Sajid Khan's multistarrer Housefull 2 which collected more than ₹1 billion. She then featured in Bol Bachchan and Khiladi 786, which were also commercially successful with both grossing over ₹1 billion.

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