Asin Thottumkal (born 26 October 1985), known mononymously as Asin, is a former Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer. She has received three Filmfare Awards. She began her acting career in the South Indian film industry, but now appears predominantly in Bollywood films.She speaks eight languages, and dubs her own films.She is the only Malayali actress, other than Padmini, to have dubbed in her own voice for all her films, irrespective of language. Asin has been referred to as the “Queen of Kollywood” by online portals in 2007. She is a member of the Bollywood 100 Crore Club.
Asin was born in Cochin (now Kochi) in Kerala to a Syro-Malabar Catholic Nasrani 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
Asin currently resides in Lokhandwala, Mumbai.She also owns an apartment in Marine Drive, Kochiand a farmhouse in Vagamon, Kerala.The actress can speak seven languages; being well-versed in Malayalam (her mother tongue), Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, English, Hindi and French.Asin also speaks a smattering of Italian and learnt basic Marathi for her movie Khiladi 786 in which she played a typical Marathi girl.In June 2013, it was reported in the Indian media that Asin was learning German during her free time.She began learning Spanish after visiting Spain in early 2014.She is married to Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma, and has stopped acting since.