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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. 

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Sajid Nadiadwala ‘Kicks’ in the Mumbai schedule

Kick on location with Randeep HoodaSajid Nadiadwala’s action flick, Kick, which is currently being shot at Mehboob Studios, will begin its next schedule in the second week of February.

The movie, which marks Sajid Nadiadwala’s debut as a director, will continue being filmed at Mehboob studios, till 9th February. The next schedule of Kick, which will take place from 11th to 17th February, will be shot at Film City in Mumbai.

The schedules, being back-to-back, make it one hectic month for Sajid, who is also juggling four other projects slated for a 2014 release. Kick, which stars Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandes, is peppered with Sajid’s style and touch.

Kick, directed and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, is distributed under the banner of UTV Motion Pictures. The film also stars Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mithun Chakraborty and Archana Puran Singh. It is slated to release on 27th July 2014 in UK cinemas and worldwide.

Phantom and Heropanti to be shot in Kashmir

Phantom

Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment Pvt Ltd will be shooting their much awaited action movies, Heropanti and Phantom in Kashmir, back-to-back, in January 2014. It will be the first time for any production house to have two consecutive shoots in the heavenly state.

Phantom, which stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, and Heropanti, which marks the debut of Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon, both, will be shot there, between 14th to 23rd January.

At the peak of the cold winter, shooting in Kashmir could mean facing a barrage of challenges for the NGEPL team – a tense region, freezing temperatures with heavy snow and a deadline. Well aware of all the challenges that may come along the way, the team has decided to go ahead with the schedule and finish the shoot as planned.

Phantom is an action-thriller directed by Kabir Khan and Heropanti, a romantic-action film, directed by Sabbir Khan.

Disney UTV will release both, Phantom and Heropanti, in UK cinemas this year.

 

Sajid Nadiadwala’s association with Tiger Shroff began in the Football field

Tiger Shroff_Heropanti (2)Sajid Nadiadwala and his  production team have been busy training the future star, Tiger Shroff, for Heropanti.

Sajid first met Tiger 15 years ago, at the football field and Jackie insisted that Sajid train his son in football.

Tiger was introduced to Sajid as a 5-year-old boy by Jackie Shroff, as he accompanied his father to an enjoyable football match. The producer regularly played football during those days and was a tough goal-keeper. After the match,  Jackie walked up to Sajid and expressed his desire for the ace producer to train his son in the game.

Who knew then that 15 years later, Sajid’s entire unit would be working towards  Tiger’s larger-than-life Bollywood debut with ‘Heropanti’.

Talking about the irony, a nostalgic Sajid stated, “I am very happy with how the movie is shaping up and the fact that I am actually fulfilling the responsibility given to me 15 years ago by Jackie to train his son. It certainly is a different space, but training it is!

Under the banner of Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (NGEPL), Heropanti is directed by Sabbir Khan.

Starring Tiger Shroff and Kirti Sanon in lead roles, the film is slated to release on the 16th of May, 2014.

Tiger Shroff – The most promising, young face of 2014

Tiger Shroff_Heropanti (1)This New Year will see Tiger Shroff making his much awaited Bollywood debut in Heropanti.

Tiger is certainly one of the most promising newcomers of 2014. The debutante has been working hard for his acting debut, putting in his best to deliver a remarkable performance. Having honed his skills in martial arts and dance from a really young age, the young actor will be seen giving life to an off the edge character and some adrenaline-filled action scenes in the movie.

Director Sabbir Khan made sure that the young actor underwent rigorous workshops and extensive training before the film went on floors, and that Tiger started shooting only when he was absolutely ready to.

Looking forward to the release of Heropanti, Tiger Shroff commented, “It’s been a really long journey, firstly of understanding the movies and the craft and then immersing myself totally into the character and becoming it. Following that began the actual shooting … So yes I am really eager to see how the entire team’s hard work comes across, especially since it was a cast and crew that was entirely new.”

Tiger Shroff_Heropanti (2)Director Sabbir Khan said, “It’s been an exciting journey. Apart from Tiger and Kriti being newcomers, the rest of the cast and crew are relatively freshers. In fact, the average age of the unit was about 23/24yrs. The shoot shifted from Punjab to Mumbai and from Delhi to Kashmir. We’ve shot for endless hours but the energy and spunk of the unit was infectious and I think we’ve given it our all.” 

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala said, “It’s the first time that my banner is launching newcomers, but I am happy it’s come at the right time and with the right script. Tiger is extremely talented and focused, an amazing combination for a young newcomer. We firmly believe in this star of tomorrow.”

Directed by Sabbir Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, the film also marks the debut of Kriti Sanon with Tiger Shroff. Heropanti is slated to release on May 16, 2014.

Salman’s ‘Kick’ to release on Eid 2014

Sajid in UK for KickSajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Kick’ has already become the talk of the town for multiple reasons. The movie marks Sajid Nadiadwala’s debut as a director and also brings back the super hit jodi of Sajid Nadiadwala and Salman Khan. The action movie has already locked its release date for next year’s Eid on 27th July and has become the most anticipated movie of 2014.

Eid has proven very lucky for Salman Khan, as the actor has delivered four back-to-back blockbusters on this auspicious day. 2013 has been the only year since 2009, that Eid has not seen a Salman release. The shooting for the film has begun in Glasgow last month and will resume in the UK at a later date.

Excited about directing his long time friend, Sajid Nadiadwala says, “I am ecstatic to be directing Salman Khan, with whom I have shared a very good rapport over the years. Releasing the movie on Eid would be like cherry on the icing, as Salman has already proved his mettle with Eid releases and we hope to recreate the magic with Kick.”

Sajid Nadiawala armed with a power-packed team

Sajid NadiwalaWith multiple films on floors, out of which one is Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut film Kick, he is surely on a run.

However, Sajid is making sure that all his energies are focused on his directorial debut and he doesn’t have to interfere with the functioning of his teams in charge of managing the formalities and logistical procedure of shooting his various films across multiple continents.

Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, an untitled film starring Saif Ali Khan and directed by Kabir Khan is being shot in Beirut, Boston, London and many other locations.

Another untitled film, a Ranbir Kapoor starrer directed by Imtiaz Ali is being shot far away in the European lands.

The Salman Khan starrer ‘Kick’ which is going to release on Eid, next year, is currently being shot in London and has completed a short schedule in Glasgow. With so many of his films being shot across the globe, one can’t help but wonder how Sajid is juggling between them. When asked, he gives all the credit to his power-packed team.

“I am blessed to have such teams.I trust their efficiency so much that if any one of them takes on a project, I know it will be done perfectly. It’s a given,” said Sajid.

Presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, Imtiaz Ali’s directorial venture, ‘Highway’ is at the post-production stage and so is ‘2 States’ – which is being co-produced by Karan Johar.

Heropanti’, which marks the debut of Tiger Shroff and Kirti Sanon, is in the production stage and is slated to release on the 21st of February.