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Published On: October 31, 2019 12:51 PM NPT By: Agencies

Jacqueline Fernandez: Important for me to do what I want to

Jacqueline Fernandez: Important for me to do what I want to


Jacqueline Fernandez had taken a break to take acting lessons at the Studio in Los Angeles, from which Hollywood biggies Charlize Theron, James Franco, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Gal Gadot and Gerard Butler have graduated. It has been six months since and the actress is back in the race.
“We actors always want to be in the limelight, but it’s nice to take a step back, get a perspective on what’s working for you and the trends,” she reasons, admitting that while many of her frat are too scared to take a step back, it’s important for her to live without the fear. “Now, when I sign a new film, it won’t be because I’m insecure but because I’m excited about the project.”

She acknowledges that there was a phase when she was sceptical about challenging herself as an actor. “I was hesitant because I wasn’t confident I’d be able to do justice to the part. But today, having trained myself, I’m open to experimenting with different roles and genres,” she avers, quick to add that commercial Hindi films will always be a part of her filmography as they are fun and challenging in their own right. “As long as you believe in what you do, you can give it your 100 per cent.”
Jacqueline regrets having missed out on a brilliant script earlier by a really good director. “I always thought I worked better in the commercial space, so, I was hesitant. Sonam Kapoor encouraged me to take on the challenge, but I didn’t do the film,” she sighs.

Opening up about future projects, she informs that she will kick off an action film in January. “It will be announced with the actor soon. Then, there’s 'Kick 2' which rolls next year. “Nadiad (producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who made his directorial debut with 'Kick' in 2014 and will helm Part 2) is writing the script now. The earlier film was a game-changer for me. I’m sentimental and emotional about 'Kick'. We’ll give the sequel our 200 per cent to make it bigger and better,” she promises.
'Kick 2' will mark the third collaboration for Jacqueline and Salman. She’s in awe of her co-star: “Salman’s reach is so huge. Working with him is like going to film school, you get invaluable lessons while on the job.”
A woman-centric action film, which she is producing, is also in the pipeline. “We have zeroed in on something interesting and are locking the logistics. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years. We should have things in place by early next year,” she reveals. After Rohit Shetty’s cop-universe brought together Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh and Akshay Kumar to fight against a common evil, can she see a franchise led by three women? “Sonam has already set a trend with female collaborations, I hope they happen frequently. I’ve worked well with Deepika Padukone in 'Race 2', Nargis Fakhri and Lisa Haydon in 'Housefull 3'. So, I’m open to such films,” Jacqueline beams.

She was to play the lead in the official adaptation of 'The Girl on the Train', but eventually stepped out, making way for Parineeti Chopra. “Her first look was brilliant and Parineeti will do an amazing job. It was not the film for me at that point. It’s important for me do films I absolutely want to do. It’s important that I don’t get insecure and sign films just for a release or two,” she signs off.

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