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What makes Asin a perfect cover girl

Sultry as sin, she brings a whiff of the beautiful south to tinsel town. After a scintillating debut opposite Aamir 'eight-pack' Khan in Ghajini, Asin is being hailed as the next big import from Kollywood into Bollywood, inviting comparisons with the legendary Sridevi.

Sona Bahadur meets the elfin beauty with the payasam voice to figure just what the fuss is all about.

It's the age of Asinnocence. Bollywood is under the spell of a doe-eyed siren who breezed in unannounced from the south of the Vindhyas last year and stole the show with her sensational debut in Ghajini, the mother of all blockbusters.

Her sugarand-spice freshness has everyone talking. Critics have given her an A for acting. She's the flavour du jour. On a sunny February morning rife with the promise of spring, Asin poses for the Verve cover shoot. Whisper-hued dresses in the prettiest peaches, roses, ivories and lavenders vie for her attention as she dons the avatar of a modern day angel.

Gracefully languid on a couch in a diamante embellished white shift by Monisha Jaising, she's a vision of ethereal sexiness. A powder-blue animal print dress that gently skims her lush curves is next, followed by a gorgeous stone beige pleated georgette gown.

A jeans-and-tee girl off camera, Asin brings each softly-glam look to life like a dream. "She totally transforms in front of the camera. Amazing." remarks ace lensman Jatin Kampani between shots.

Lovely as a backwaters lotus with come-hither eyes that pack in the headiness of a potent Southern Comfort, Asin Thottumkal is beautiful in a conventional yet exotic sort of way. Oval face, arched eyebrows, chiselled nose and a generous, pout-friendly mouth that makes our make-up artist exclaim, 'What lips!'

Text, Photographs: Verve magazine: http://www.verveonline.com

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