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Asin Thottumkal

Asin Thottumkal, known mononymously as Asin, is an Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer. She began her acting career in the South Indian film industry, but now appears predominantly in Bollywood films. She is the only Malayali actress, other than Padmini, who has the distinction of having dubbed in her own voice for all her films, irrespective of language. Asin also has the distinction of being the 'numero uno' heroine of Tamil cinema over the span 5 years from 2004 to 2008 with a string of blockbuster hits and was fondly referred to as Queen of Kollywood. Currently, Asin is one of the leading actresses in Bollywood and tops the Bollywood Hundred Crore Club among actresses.

Making her acting debut in Sathyan Anthikkad's Malayalam film "Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka" (2001), she had her first commercial success with the Telugu film "Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi" in 2003, and won a Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award for the film "M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi" (2004) was her debut in Tamil and a huge success. She received her Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for her most noted critically acclaimed performance in her third Tamil film, "Ghajini" (2005). She then played the lead female roles in many successful films, most notable being the dramatic thriller "Varalaru" (2006), the action thriller "Pokkiri" (2007), romantic drama "Vel" (2008) and the blockbuster "Dasavathaaram" (2008) opposite Kamal Haasan and hence established herself as the leading actress of Tamil cinema and was also honoured by the Tamil Nadu government with the Kalaimamani award for her excellence in the field of art and literature. In 2013, Asin was conferred with Pride of South Indian Cinema award at SIIMA for her contribution to Tamil cinema.

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 INR1 billion in the domestic box office, subsequently collecting INR1.9 billion (US$31 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 INR1.84 billion (US$30 million) worldwide. In 2012, Asin first starred in Sajid Khan's multistarrer "Housefull 2" which collected more than 1 billion and received blockbuster status. She then featured in Bol Bachchan and Khiladi 786, which were also commercially successful with both grossing over 1 billion.

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