Candidly commercial

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Dec 2017 10:35:55


By Durga Chakravarty,

She made her Bollywood debut in 2009 with Aladin and has been on a roll in Hindi filmdom ever since. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez has no qualms of being called a “commercial heroine” and says it is the best compliment she’s received.

“That would be the best compliment I could get. I think commercial cinema is really amazing. There is a reason why they encash as much at the box-office -- because people really enjoy watching such films,” Jacqueline told IANS.

“I consider myself an entertainer. If I can make someone laugh, cry... or entertain (them)... that is very fulfilling for me. So if you brand me like that, then I would be very happy because that’s what exactly I want,” said the actress, who has featured in Housefull, Race 2, Kick, Dishoom and Judwaa 2 among many others.

Talking about doing socially-relevant films or content-driven cinema, she said, “Commercial cinema can be anything (socially relevant or content driven). If you do not have the content for commercial cinema it won’t work and people won’t buy into it; so you can’t negate commercial cinema saying that it can’t be based on content or social causes because most of them are.”
The actress, 32, said that the only way “commercial cinema can work is if the content is very strong”.

Jacqueline, who is co-owner of Delhi Heroes in MTV’s Super Fight League, is ecstatic on completing eight years in Bollywood and says there is still a long way to go.“Well, it’s getting better and better, which is all that you can really hope for. There is still a long way to go. It actually gives me a lot of happiness because I enjoy doing what I am doing... There are so many experiences to enjoy,” she said.

She is not scared of the cut-throat competition in Bollywood, but Jacqueline says she keeps analysing trends in the film industry. The actor said she continuously questions her career decisions as it helps her in carving her own niche in movies.

“The competition doesn’t get on my nerves but there are days when I contemplate them. It’s important to gauge, understand and ask questions. Working in the industry gives me extreme joy and purpose. At the same time, you want to be at the top of your game,” Jacqueline told.

“There are days when I am like, ‘ok this is the competition I am facing now, what could I be doing, how to rise above this, what’s working now that others are doing.’ You need to continuously keep asking yourself questions so that you are always on top of your game,” she added.

The 32-year-old actor said she wants to explore other arenas beyond acting.
“Acting is more like a passion for me. I love it but it doesn’t mean it defines me as a person. As a person, there are so many things I need to explore. I love branching out to do things which gives me immense happiness,” she said.
Currently, Jacqueline has two films in her kitty -- Drive with Sushant Singh Rajput and Race 3 starring Salman Khan.