Just after ‘Housefull 3’ opened in June, Jacqueline Fernandez flew off to Miami to shoot for Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s untitled ‘Bang Bang’ sequel. The rumour mills were buzzing then about the Sidharth Malhotra-Alia Bhatt breakup and there were speculations in plenty about the 31-year-old actor’s growing closeness with Jackie. Alia and Sid are now back together and Jackie brushes off all the gossip, saying, “Obviously people want to believe what they want to and will write what they want. I’m an easy target because I’m single. There is no point in clarifying anything.”
For her, the shoot with a ‘chilled out’ Sid was lots of fun with parties, a visit to Disneyland with her nephew and water sports. “I wanted to get a tattoo done but then realised that it might stop me from all the water fun,” says the 30-year-old actress who is looking forward to the second schedule in September.
But before that, she has two releases coming up. There’s Rohit Dhawan’s buddy cop thriller ‘Dishoom’ in which she plays an aide to Varun Dhawan and John Abraham who are on the hunt for an abducted cricketer. “My character, Ishika, is fearless and integral to the story,” she informs. This will be followed by ‘A Flying Jatt’ with Tiger Shroff as a turbaned superhero and Jackie playing the damsel in distress.
She is not insecure that both are hero-centric films. For her, it’s all about being a part of good projects. “My parameters for choosing a film are, a good role, an interesting script, and a great team to work with,” she says.
Like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, Jackie too would like to foray into Hollywood but for now is concentrating on her next English film, According to Matthew, filmed in her home country. “It’s about events that happened in Sri Lanka in the ’70s. It revolves around a priest and a girl who falls prey to his powers. It’s my first portrayal of a real life character and will release in September in Sri Lanka, followed by a few festival rounds,” she informs.
Meanwhile, the buzz is that she’s been offered David Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 and Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick 2. Considering that Jackie and Sajid have collaborated on five films to date, including ‘Housefull’, ‘Housefull 2’, ‘Kick’, ‘Housefull 3’ and ‘Dishoom’, has it become imperative for her to oblige her producer buddy every time? “I’m not obliging Nadiad, I’ve worked with his banner since I came into the industry and feel blessed. He isn’t someone who will offer me something just for the heck of it, he’s a fantastic producer,” she protests.
And what kind of a rapport does she share with Salman Khan? She points out that he’s someone who has always supported and encouraged her. “He’s definitely a mentor, friend, and well-wisher,” she says shortly. And bestie Sonam Kapoor? How come she’s not a part of the girl gang in Rhea Kapoor’s next production,’Veere Di Wedding’? “It’s not a big deal when two actors are friends but when it’s two actresses, everyone’s going, `how’. Hey, we are two normal human beings and I was aware of ‘Veere Di Wedding’ since day one and the final cast (Kareena Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Tiku Talsania’s daughter, Shikha) is spot on.
Rhea really knows what she wants and a buddy film like this is what our cinema needs. I’m really excited about it,” she bubbles.
She’s equally excited ed about her stint as a judge on an upcoming dance reality show in dance reality show in which she has performed on a medley of her songs. “There’s a sense of responsibility because of the contestants standing in front of you. It’s going to be a long journey but I am looking forward to it,” she asserts.
Jacqueline owns a restaurant, Kaema Sutra, in Sri Lanka and would want to invest in one in Mumbai as well. But admits that acting requires a lot of time and energy and she doesn’t want her attention to shift to anything else right now. “But a couple of years down the line, I might be ready to flirt with travel, documentaries, and even movie-making,” she says enigmatically.