How are you spending your time during these times of isolation?
I love spending time with oneself. And, this time of isolation is letting to me do that. Even though at home, I am trying to be very productive in doing things that I love the most – yoga, self-care and self-love. People call me happy and vibrant may be because I find happiness in the minutest things I do. I just hope everyone is safe and this prevalent time just ends soon.
— Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) April 24, 2020
Congratulations you have completed ten years in Bollywood. How do you view your journey so far?
I feel blessed to be a part of an industry that a lot of people dream of. Wow, it’s been 10 years but it just feels like I started off yesterday – the journey is so fresh in my mind. I’ll be short on words to describe my journey but I’ll say one thing that it has been amazing and the journey has taught me so much all along. I feel like I belong here and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
We haven’t seen much of you on-screen lately why are you lying low. Is it the calm before the proverbial storm?
I had taken some time off to focus on my craft and learn new skills. I was taking projects as per my convenience and what in terms of quality and learning I want to seek more. I just was a part of a music video which recently released. Everyone seems to have liked and now, steadily you will see more of me on various platforms. I am excited for all the forthcoming projects.
What is your advice to girls and women who come to the Indian entertainment industry from the outside like you did?
I have always believed that hard work and talent finds its way even through the darkest tunnel. Keep dreaming and believe in your dreams. This is what I would like to convey to every person who dreams of being a part of this industry, that self-belief and hard work will earn you everything. The process may be different for everyone but the outcome will be one to cherish. So guys and girls have faith and embark on this beautiful journey with complete confidence.
Tell me about your future plans? Is it true you are doing a Telugu film with Pawan Kalyan?
Well, there is a lot in store for future. Ha ha! But, I can’t really talk about the upcoming projects since the announcements are in the pipeline. You will hear soon once the official announcements are made. Hopefully soon. Fingers crossed.
How do you see the changes within the Indian film industry since you came in with Aladin?
Not much changes actually. The industry has always been very welcoming of newcomers and has, respected people who have proved their worth with sheer talent and hard work. The difference that I now see is in terms of content. A lot of quality driven content is now being made and the platform of viewership is no longer restricted to the big screen. What matters is that, the end product should reach the audiences. This shift in this ideology is what I love the most.
As a single woman in the entertainment industry have you faced harassment of any sort? If yes, how did you cope with it?
I have actually not faced any harassment of any sort and hence, I don’t think I would be the right person to comment on this.