Asin Thottumkal: My ‘Ghajini’ character Kalpana is a ‘bol’ Bachchan!

The Housefull 2 actor loves to entertain friends and family with endless chatter, but she isn’t someone who likes telling tall tales, like a ‘bol Bachchan’. Asin explains why she is doing comedies back-to-back

Bol Bachchan is your third comedy film after Housefull 2 and Ready. You seem to be in a chilled out phase doing light-hearted roles…..

It’s not that I have a special affinity towards comedies. It’s just happened that Housefull and Bol Bachchan have come back to back. I am quite comfortable doing comedy, especially if you have great co-stars – then it’s fun to do them. But obviously I would like to try other genres and more fleshed out characters, within the commercial format.

Who you think you can call a ‘bol Bachchan’ (someone who tells tall tales and lies)?

I think my character Kalpana from Ghajini was a ‘bol Bachchan’. In personal life, I am not a bol Bachchan, but I can be a chatterbox. I don’t tell tall tales and lies. I do like talking a lot, but not all the time and not with everybody. I have my moods and specific people I like to be a chatterbox with.

You have worked with ace comedy directors – Anees Bazmee (Ready), Sajid Khan (Housefull 2) and Rohit Shetty (Bol Bachchan). How different are they from each other?

Sajid is the most spontaneous. He takes inputs very easily; in fact, he welcomes inputs. With Aneesji it’s the script and a few impromptu suggestions, whereas Rohit likes to stick to the written word – I feel he is like a South Indian director.

What do you mean by ‘a South Indian director’?

Rohit doesn’t like his heroine thin. Unfortunately for him, I had lost weight when I came on board for Bol Bachchan. I thought that would be a good thing for any Bollywood director, but Rohit hated it. During the Jaipur schedule, he put Rajasthani thalis in front of me and ordered mawa cakes just for me. He and Ajay – I call them the gunda gang – would torture me into eating the whole thing. They would drive me away from the gym in the evening. And also Rohit is very punctual and likes to start working early and wrap up by evening.

On what basis do you say ‘yes’ to a film?

I think I have soft spot for these universally appealing, fun and emotional stories. Maybe because of that I end up choosing these films that the audiences also like.

Often after achieving success actors tend to look for performance-oriented characters. You have had three super-hit films – Ghajini, Ready and Housefull 2; don’t you yearn for substantial roles?

At this point of time I am still starting out in Bollywood and I still want to stick within the commercial format. A nicely fleshed out character that is entertaining and within the commercial format that connects with the masses is what I am looking for at this current point.

Are you doing more comedies as they are a lot easier to do than intense roles?

Like I said, I am comfortable in all genres. Coincidentally, only comedies have been coming my way. It’s not that I have consciously chosen it because I only enjoy such roles. I am okay in drama, I am okay in rom-com. Being a girl, I have a soft corner for rom-coms – watching as well as working in them.

So far you have worked with Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn. Don’t you want to work with actors your age?

Oh yes – how ever friendly you are with your co-star, you are not on backslapping terms with them. There’s always this sense of respect, admiration and looking up to (the senior actors). Probably when I work with male actors of my generation, it would be more fun.

There are so many romantic comedies being made. Have you not been approached for any of them?

Nothing interesting that I would want to do has come my way.

Lately actors are cool about swearing onscreen. Vidya Balan did it in The Dirty Picture and Rani Mukerji swore in No One Killed Jessica. Will you be comfortable mouthing abusive words?

I have no problem. I haven’t done it yet. But it depends on what kind of gaalis (swear words) I have to say.