News 1: Hugh Jackman sends a surprise for Asin on her birthday :)
Asin who celebrated her birthday on the night of October 25th with her close friends and family got a big surprise from none another than the Hollywood star Hugh Jackman. He recorded a video and sent it to Asin's friend wherein he expressed his fondness for Asin and wished her a very happy birthday and said that he would've loved to attend her party as well.
The party which took place at the Spanish restaurant Arola in JW Mariott, Juhu, Mumbai was attended by Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Sunil and Krishika Lulla, Madhavan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Raveena, Prabhu Deva, Balki, Resul Pookuty, Arpita Khan, Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor, Bhavna and Chunky Pandey among others.
Composer Kartik Shah's band played a special song composed by him for her birthday. Leon was the singer, Dadu was the guitarist and Anar, who is from New York, was the violinist. At the time of cutting the cake, Rishi Kapoor sang and conducted the chorus of "Happy Birthday". Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor fed her cake.
News 2: Didn't expect Hugh Jackman to surprise me says Asin
Actress Asin says she did not expect Hollywood star Hugh Jackman to surprise her on her birthday.
Asin recently celebrated her 28th birthday with her friends from the industry and Jackman had sent her a special video message, which was played at the party by a common friend.
"Though I have spoken to Hugh Jackman on many occasions before, I did not expect him to surprise me with his sweet message. It was extremely thoughtful of him," Asin said.
Asin, who was touched by the gesture, met Jackman several times through her social circle in New York.
Also, the Les Miserables star promised to be in the country next year to wish her personally on her birthday.
It seems Asin Thottumkal is all set to turn a new leaf and what better occasion to do it than on one's own birthday. The shy and reserved lady has sent out invitations to the who's who of the industry to bring in her birthday on October 26. The party will be held at a 5-star hotel in Juhu.
Apart from her former co-stars Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, John Abraham, and Jacqueline Fernandez, the guest list also includes her close friends Sonam Kapoor, Raveena Tandon and Sajid Nadiadwala. The Malayali actress who turns 28 on October 26 has done just five films in Bollywood so far- and all have proved to be huge hits. Asin has not only made it to the coveted 100-cr Club of Bollywood but is currently placed fourth right after Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor. She made her Hindi film debut opposite Aamir Khan in the 2011 blockbuster Ghajini. The film won her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She followed it up with another superhit film Ready--this time she was paired opposite Salman Khan. She went on to score a hat-trick with Sajid Khan's Housefull 2. Last year, the two films she did, Bol Bachchan with Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan and Khiladi 786 with Akshay Kumar, also got the cash registers ringing at the box office.
However, blame it on her coy self, she has been conspicuous by her absence in the Bollywood party circuit. It seems now the actress is warming up to the spotlights and coming out of her shell. While some industry insiders believe that this might be Asin's way of tossing her hat in the ring, a close friend of Asin vehemently denied this."What's wrong in throwing a grand birthday bash? Asin is leaving no stone unturned to make the event a grand one. She is in the mood to socialise," the friend said, adding, "Perhaps, she is changing."
Currently, Asin is in Bangkok shooting for Umesh Shukla's next. She is expected to be back in Mumbai sometime next week.
Asin is a gypsy at heart and her busy lifestyle hasn't stopped her from taking off to the blue hills yonder whenever her heart desires. A slight break in her schedule and she scoots to explore a new destination. And sometimes she creates a break just to fly off. She was in Canada recently and she made sure she explored scenic spots close to Vancouver where she was staying for a couple of days. “I'm someone who loves to explore every aspect of a place, whether it's their art and culture, wildlife, environmental trivia, history, resorts, food. I try to explore as much as I can.”
Asin gives a bear hug and on the Capilano Suspension Bridge
The first place she visited was the awe inspiring Capilano Suspension Bridge, which has been luring travellers since 1889. It offers an eclectic mix of Vancouver's history as well as natural beauty. Reminisces Asin, “My friend who accompanied me is scared of heights. So walking the Capilano bridge was quite an impossible task for her. But she took it up as a challenge. I made her task tougher by shaking the bridge every now and then and giving her the jitters. It was hilarious to watch her take baby steps in a state of fear. But it was worth it. After she crossed it successfully, I handed her a certificate with her name written on it for the endeavour. These certificates are available there. It was quite like an award ceremony and she did a little jig on winning one. Fun it was!
Asin overlooking the rainforest
“There are various trails that you can choose to explore the beauty of this place. The Suspension Bridge, The Cliff Walk and The Tree Top Adventure,” shares Asin. The Cliff Walk is a granite rock face along Capilano River with a series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms. With only 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting the structure, the new Cliffwalk is both environmentally sensitive and adrenaline pumping. The Tree Top Adventure offers a squirrel's eye view of a flourishing rainforest. It has an innovative compression system without any bolts or nails in the trees to secure its viewing platforms and seven suspension bridges.
Exclaims Asin, “The experience of walking through the age-old bridge and through those lush green woods is mind blowing. The waterfalls and water bodies only add to its charm. The Douglas Fir trees found in the place are said to be over 1300 years old. Also, these huge Totem poles were a delight. It was amusing and touching to watch this local friend who was also our guide hugging an old tree. He said he hugs that tree each time he visits the place. After spending a wonderful day at Capilano, I took a public transport bus back to Vancouver just for the experience.”
Asin all smiles in the woods
On another day Asin took a car ride from Vancouver to the ski destination Whistler. “A three hour drive full of scenic landscapes takes you to Whistler. I knew Whistler is going to be cold so I had worn clothes accordingly. But on reaching the place, I discovered it was colder than I had expected it to be. So I bought a woollen cap and gloves there to stay clear of the freezing climate.”
Asin loves adventure and wasn't scared to take the cable car right to the top. “I took the cable car ride up to the mountains. It's an amazing experience, a must do if you visit the place. Thankfully, I'm not scared of heights so I enjoy these things to the hilt.” Once she reached there she explored the place, scouted for some nice restaurants to her delight chanced upon a music concert, which was the perfect antidote to the spicy food.
Asin observing a seal at the Stanley Park Aquarium and the jellyfish
Her next visit was to the Stanley Park And Aquarium in Vancouver. It is Canada's largest aquarium which houses more than 70,000 animals including dolphins, sea otters, anacondas, three-toed sloths, eels, seals, jellyfish and more. The aquarium works towards conserving aquatic life. Translink Bus and Skytrain public transit operates year-round. It is one of the most visited sites in Stanley Park.
Visitors can learn more about the region's marine life through the numerous exhibits. Its educational encounter programs allows visitors to go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals. This includes feeding, helping train and learning about the habitats and lifestyles of dolphins, Beluga whales, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and other sea creatures.
Shares Asin, “The Dolphin show at the Stanley Park is priceless. I wanted to bring one of those dolphins back home. I loved the whales, penguins, seals, jellyfish, moon jellies and even poisonous frogs from the Amazon, which look like tiny multi-coloured baubles. They've created various tanks and environments for the different species.” They also show a film called The Salmon Rush which talks takes you through the life cycle of Salmons. She also picked up souvenirs for the kids back home. Especially stuffed toys for her little five-year-old niece. “I bought stuffed Dolphins, penguins and other sea creatures. It's a great way to introduce kids to marine life.”
Asin enjoying the cable car ride at Whistlers
She couldn't get enough of Canada and plans to go back soon. “The atmosphere in Canada is amazing! Hats off to the people there. Their civic sense is so good and they are so aware and conscious about preserving and saving their environment. The country is almost pollution free and it shows. Our youth must take note and adopt a similar stand to save the environment here.”