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Interview: “I have to work harder now” – Jacqueline Fernandez

Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez will be seen in UK cinemas from today in the much awaited Salman Khan action comedy, Kick.

Kick is helmed by popular producer-turned-director Sajid Nadiadwala, with the screenplay written by Sajid Nadiadwala and acclaimed author Chetan Bhagat.  The film also stars Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mithun Chakraborty and a special appearance by Nargis Fakhri.

The former Miss Sri Lanka Universe spoke to Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik about the film, her co-star, love for London and her upcoming concert at The 02…

You have had huge success with Race 2 last year. Soon after you were signed for Roy with Ranbir Kapoor, Kick opposite Salman Khan and as the face of ‘The Body Shop’ in India. Your life has changed quite a bit…
It is definitely an extremely great time for me. I know that every movie and project is exciting but with Kick, it is a completely different experience because it is the biggest movie of my career. It’s just WOW for me! I have worked extremely hard on this movie, the hardest I have ever worked. But I haven’t had the time to allow it to sink in, that I am doing something which is so huge. We just wrapped up the movie a few weeks ago and I just finished dubbing for the film too. You have no idea, everything just seems like a dream to me. I am on cloud nine and exploding (laughs). From the trailer launch to the song launches, it’s weird but I had the same feeling I had during Aladin, my first feature film. When I watch the promos of Kick, I feel like this is the first time I have ever seen myself on screen. It’s really cool.

Jacqueline Fernandez in Kick - UK Interview (2)There were strong rumours of another actress being cast for the film last year. Suddenly it was announced that you were the leading lady opposite Salman Khan. Was it hidden from the public or did it happen all of a sudden?
It happened overnight. It happened in slow motion for me (laughs).  I was called to Sajid Nadiwala’s office for a meeting. I presumed it was a meeting for anything else but Kick. I would never have thought that I’ll meet him for a role in Kick. I worked with him twice before and know that he makes good cinema. He suddenly offered me Kick and I was completely shocked. It was the least expected thing that ever happened to me. When there were rumours floating about who the actress will be in the film, usually I would wish for it to come to me or dream about being a part of the movie. At that time, Kick seemed so big to me that I didn’t even dream about it. I thought that were was no point in even dreaming (laughs). That was my attitude. I don’t know what amazing Karma I had in order for me to get this opportunity. It was a shocker.

Everyone wants to work with Salman Khan… He even recently tweeted about you to his 7.45 million followers…
He follows me on Twitter now, which is the coolest thing that ever happened in my life (laughs). A few weeks ago he tweeted that Jacqueline Fernandez will release the song Jumme Ki Raat, without tagging me in it. Just because he tweeted my name, my Twitter following increased by about 300,000 people. I was in shock and couldn’t believe it. Now he has followed me and I am scared to check my Twitter because it might crash (laughs).

Salman Khan has also lent his voice to the soundtrack of Kick… Were you surprised that he sings?
It’s amazing. Is there anything that Salman Khan can’t do? He is an all-rounder artist. He can do it all. When I heard him in ‘Hangover’, I was surprised because he has such an incredible voice.

It’s also the first time that you are dubbing your dialogues in Hindi… that must have been a tough task?
Honestly, throughout the year it has been a gradual process of just working hard and being consistent. I believe that is why I got a film like Kick. Even though I didn’t expect it, I knew that I was someone who was working hard. I was going to my Hindi classes and there was never a point where I wanted to give up. I was constantly analysing what else I can do and was meeting people for work. What I have learnt now is that you have to be consistent in your work. Even now, just because I have got a big movie, doesn’t mean that I can sit back and enjoy. I possibly have to even work harder now. I am obviously prepared to do it because it’s something I am doing ever since I am here working in the Indian Film Industry. I take my work very seriously and I am also enjoying it as well. It’s beautiful when you enjoy what you do.

Jacqueline Fernandez in Kick - UK Interview (5)You also came to London to shoot for the film but the schedule didn’t go ahead because of Salman’s visa issues.
I went mad when I was in London as I explored it quite a lot. Sajid Nadiwala was in Glasgow to shoot some actions scenes with Randeep Hooda. We were in London and as soon as our shopping spree was over, we were told that the schedule has been cancelled. It was still amazing though. We were shopping for the movie but we had a lot of fun all the time and were buying stuff for ourselves.

What new areas of London did you explore?
I went to all the markets like Portobello Road. I visited quite a few vintage markets and antique stores. Besides the usual visits to Harrods, I had afternoon tea, which sounds clichéd but I had to do it (laughs). We also checked out some amazing clubs. I also went to The Arts Club which was nice. It was the best time I have ever spent in London because we had free time and weren’t just shooting for a movie every day.

You are also a part of Bollywood Showstoppers, the concert taking place at The 02 in London on 3rd August…
I am excited for that. It’s in London and that is always a good reason. I also like the mix of people who are a part of it like Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Ali Zafar. I love performing and I am so excited to be in a show with my contemporaries. I have never performed in London. I can’t wait to maybe dance to ‘Jumme Ki Raat’. It should be fun. We have been working on the look and styling and have recently started rehearsing too with the choreographers from London.

KICK releases in UK cinemas on 25th July 2014. 

KICK UK Release (2)

 

Competition: Win tickets to Bollywood Showstoppers 2014

Bollywood Showstoppers 2014 is returning to The O2 on Sunday 3rd August. Headlined by Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Ali Zafar, Jacqueline Fernandez performing for the first time in the UK and supported by musical sensation Mika Singh and the spectacular Bolly Flex dancers, the four hour spectacular is filled with extravagant entertainment, from jaw-dropping high energy dance performances to live blockbuster musical acts that will keep you on the edge of your feet.

Bollywood Showstoppers

We have teamed up with Bolly-Flex and Naz Choudhury, the director and producer of the Bolly-Flex shows, to give away a pair of tickets. Simply answer the following question using the form below:

  •  Which world-famous venue will host the Bollywood Showstoppers concert in London on 3rd August?

This Competition is now closed!

The competition closes on 30thJuly 2014. The winner will be contacted via e-mail. This competition is only open to UK residents.

Bollywood Showstoppers 2013 rocked The O2 with Bipasha Basu, Atif Aslam, Shaan and Malaika Arora and now in 2014, it just got bigger. Don’t miss out on the biggest Bollywood concert of the year, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

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Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha to headline Bollywood Showstoppers 2014

Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha will headline Bollywood Showstoppers 2014 and performing for the first time in the UK. They will be supported by the musical sensation Mika Singh, the spectacular Bolly Flex dancers and more this summer in London

 The show features four hours of entertainment with jaw-dropping dance performances, live music acts and comedy. The event will take place at The O2 on Sunday 3 August 2014.

Bollywood Showstoppers Shahid & Sonakshi

Following the success of star studded Bollywood Showstoppers tour in 2013 with Bipasha, Shaan, Atif and Malaika. Flex FX Productions will bring the event back to The O2 exclusively to the UK for one night only.

Bollywood set to reach new heights at The 02 arena

Bollywood Showstoppers‘Bollywood Showstoppers’ will see this year’s most exciting music and dance line up come together for two spectacular shows in the UK on the 5th (LG Arena, Birmingham) and 7th of April (O2 Arena, London). Iconic Bollywood bombshell Bipasha Basu, dancing diva Malaika Arora Khan, Pakistani rockstar Atif Aslam and Hindi singing star Shaan will all perform alongside leading British dance troupe Flex FX in what will be the UK’s biggest Bollywood showcase in years.

The O2 will be hosting an interactive afternoon with Flex FX on Thursday 21st March. Ten members of the public are being offered the opportunity to win a dance class with the Bollywood dancers, who have previously featured on Sky One’s ‘Got To Dance’ and celebrate their 10-year anniversary this year. The winners will be chosen via The O2’s social media platforms and will be given a 30-minute lesson with the Flex FX dancers.

To celebrate the upcoming ‘Bollywood Showstoppers’ event, taking place in The O2 on Sunday 7th April, the dancers will be heading onto the roof of the iconic dome for a unique photo opportunity, which will mark the official launch of the London show. ‘Bollywood Showstoppers’ will see the stars light up one of Europe’s largest arenas in a stunning four-hour music and dance extravaganza.

Naz Choudhury, Flex FX’s artist director said: “It’s a great honour for all of the Flex FX team to have the opportunity to create this project, having worked in the dance industry for a decade. ‘Bollywood Showstoppers’ will be a landmark event, which for the first time will see British dancers collaborate with some of the biggest stars in Bollywood in a live event. I hope we can all come together to celebrate ten years of Flex FX, starting with a fantastic launch on top of the O2 Arena!

In 3 weeks time, the ‘Bollywood Showstoppers’ event reaches the UK and will see international rock stars Atif Aslam and Shaan performing their greatest hits with full live bands. Two of Bollywood’s leading ladies Bipasha Basu and Malaika Arora Khan will be performing individual sets of all of their explosive blockbuster dance numbers and taking you through their journey in Indian cinema so far. In a unique collaborative twist, they will be performing live with Flex FX dancers, with choreography by Naz Choudhury and Leena Patel. The spectacular show will commemorate 100 years of Bollywood, with 2013 marking the milestone centenary anniversary for the largest film industry in the world.