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Asin turns out to be the brightest sparkler this year

Sudhish Kamath

Galatta.com organised a meeting for four contest winners to interact with her She inaugurated city's first free wi-fi enabled cafe and celebrated her twin releases scheduled for Tuesday



STAR TIME: Actress Asin makes the festival a memorable one this year — Photo:Shaju John

CHENNAI : The brightest sparkler this Deepavali has a name.

What else but Asin? The chirpy actress, who has two releases in Tamil opposite the reigning superstars Vijay (`Sivakasi') and Vikram (`Maja') and two in Telugu (dubbed versions of `Maja' and `Ghajini').

When the bubbly young star lit up `Coffee?' with her presence, four hours soon melted away into priceless moments.

The excuses for Asin to show up were many.

Belated birthday, early Deepavali

It was to celebrate a belated birthday (October 26) and an early Deepavali with her fans, after Galatta.com organised a meeting for four contest winners to interact with the actress. It was also to inaugurate the city's first free wi-fi enabled cafe (a rejuvenated `Coffee?' with a brand new menu and interiors). And, it was also an excuse to celebrate her twin releases on Tuesday.

45-minute interaction

The Asin fever at Coffee? started at 4.15 p.m. when she walked in with her Dad Joseph Thottumkal and met with contest winners Manimaran, Rishabh, Saranya and Roshan.

After a 45-minute interaction, she became the first person to use the wi-fi enabled cafe, as she kept her date with 718 people waiting online. Totally enjoying herself, she extended her hour-long chat to two hours and 45 minutes, much to the delight of her fans.

Sparklers and flowerpots

Asin then went on to light sparklers and flowerpots. When she went "Oh, this one (sparkler) got over," you could pretty much see the girl-next-door with child-like enthusiasm, unaffected by stardom.

In between all the excitement, we caught up with an upbeat Asin for a quick interview. "I'm very happy. Excited," she giggles. "In `Sivakasi,' I play a fun character called Hema, a girl who studies in Chennai. In `Kasi,' I play a serious daughter of the village headman. It's a comedy but I'm the only one who has to stay serious throughout. So both are different."

Asin is among the rare actresses to dub for her role herself.

"I didn't know the language when I started my first film. Now, I can even read Tamil," says Asin.

Which movie will she watch on the D-day if she just had to watch one?

"I don't know. If I watch one movie, my mind is going to be at the other. I like the scenes in `Sivakasi' and the songs in `Maja.' Both are go-to-the-theatre-and-have-a-blast kind of commercial films. Both will do really well," she predicts.

"Good performer"

"I want to be known as a good performer. I haven't signed any other project except `Jillunu Oru Kaathal' with Suriya. First, I have to like the story/script, the character or the role, the director and then the banner."

How does she feel to be the heart-throb? "Am I? Am I?" she laughs.

Oh, well... We'll let the box-office answer that.

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