BOLLYWOOD: There’s still a week for Christmas but Jacqueline Fernandez has already started decorating her tree, gifting stockings loaded with cookies and candies and making getaway plans for the New Year. “This is the first time I can remember in over three decades that my dad is taking off for the holidays and that makes it really special.
We will be going to an island which I wouldn’t want to name right now and hope to pack in lots of swimming, sun-tanning, trekking and ‘we’ time,” reveals the 32-year-old actress, who is in a happy place as a frontrunner in commercial Hindi cinema with the superhit Judwaa 2 behind her and two much-hyped franchises, Race 3 and Kick 2, to follow.
“Sequels have always worked for me,” exults Jacky, pointing out that her first big success was Murder 2, followed by Race 2, Housefull 2 and Housefull 3, and more recently Judwaa 2. She is currently filming Race 3 which promises to be bigger and better than the two previous instalments with an action-packed role for her, along with new co-stars Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem, Daisy Shah and of course, Salman Khan besides familiar face Anil Kapoor. Salman’s name instantly brings a smile to her face and she admits that their equation goes back a long way and is deep-rooted.
“He came like a guardian angel and picked me up from a career low, never made me feel indebted to him for Kick. On the contrary, he’s always made it seem like I did it on my own,” she says, brimming with gratitude for the Khan and revealing that recently when she shot her first scene of Race 3, she was all nerves. “I really look up to Salman which is why when I face the camera with him, I still get all fidgety, forget my lines and have that OMG! feeling,” she laughs. From Race 3, the duo will move to Kick 2, but what’s happening with the other Salman-starrer, Dancing Dad, that had her playing a dance teacher to the actor who wants to take part in a competition for his daughter?
“I have no idea, director Remo D’souza is currently focussed on Race 3 and I’m clueless about his next move,” she shrugs. Meanwhile, at the Judwaa 2 success party, Varun Dhawan and Jackie hinted at the fact that they could be working towards a hat-trick, after Dishoom and the Judwaa reboot. What’s cooking? “Nothing as yet, but Varun is my partner in crime and I’m glad he was there holding my hand through .