'Language is not a criterion'

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'Language is not a criterion'

Confident: Asin

“If it’s an entertaining film and a great story, then I think it should be made for a larger audience and not particularly restricted to a group...Remakes help in doing that — to get a wider audience and to get the film across to a larger number of people,’’ Asin said.

The 24-year-old is now working on Ready with Salman Khan, and a Tamil movie Kaavalan, which are the remakes of a Telugu namesake and Malayalam movie Bodyguard respectively. Apparently, Salman will also star in a Hindi remake of Kaavalan after Ready.
Will she star in the Hindi remake too? “I have not discussed that yet with anyone and I don't think the casting has been decided,” said Asin. Aren’t there any problems of repeating yourself in a remake?

“The director is there to help you in that and you know your character well. For you it’s a new script and a fresh project. You are not in any way repeating yourself. So you approach it in that way,” she said.

Having worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films, Asin is open to working in other languages as well. “Language is not a criterion. It depends on the project. If a project excites me... I’d readily take that up. I'm basically looking at projects that are not language-bound or from different boundaries,” she said. Did she miss the big screen since she’s been absent after her second Hindi movie London Dreams?

“Not really, because I have been busy with other stuff and the two films that I am doing have a really hectic schedule. And I'll be coming back pretty soon on the big screen.”
So how is she balancing her work in Bollywood and down South?

“It’s not a strategy or plan that I have made. It depends upon the kind of scripts that are coming my way at that particular point of time. So there’s no strategy that I'll do one Hindi and one Tamil movie,” said the actress, who is also a prolific painter and actively involved in charity work. The actress was also embroiled in a row recently when Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (PDK) activists held a black flag protest against her at Mettupalayam reportedly for shooting Ready in Sri Lanka as they felt it was an ‘anti-Tamil’ stand. “I’d much rather not talk about that. It’s something that has been in the past...It was blown out of proportion. In fact, I wasn't even there when it happened...These were sensationalised,” she said. Rumours are also rife that the actress is in Anurag Basu's next, Silence.

“I’d like to maintain my silence about that,” Asin said adding that she will “be starting two new projects by early next year.”

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