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Jacqueline Fernandez

Jacqueline Fernandez
Beauty pageant titleholder
Fernandez at the launch of Gillette's new range, October 2013.
Born (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 [1][2][3][4]
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2006-present

Jacqueline Fernandez is a Bollywood actress, former model, and the winner of the Miss Sri Lanka Universe pageant of 2006. She is best known for her work in Hindi films. After graduating in Mass communication and working as a journalist in Sri Lanka, she accepted offers to join the modeling industry, which came as a result of her pageant entrance and for which she was crowned the Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2006, and represented her state at Miss Universe 2006 held in Los Angeles where she was unplaced. In 2007, Fernandez appeared on her first commercial in a music video for Sri Lankan duo Bathiya and Santhush.

While on a modelling assignment in India in 2009, Fernandez got Bollywood film offers and she subsequently made her acting debut the same year with Sujoy Ghosh's fantasy drama Aladin which bombed at the box-office, though she won the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female and the Stardust Award for Best Exciting Face. Fernandez gained recognition with a role in Mohit Suri's erotic thriller Murder 2 (2011), which emerged as her first commercial success and followed it with glamorous roles in the comedy Housefull 2 (2012) and the action thriller Race 2 (2013), both of which were major box-office successes. In 2014, Fernandez portrayed the leading lady in Sajid Nadiadwala's Kick, which emerged as one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all-time. Alongside her acting career, Fernandez is a social activist, participates in stage shows, and is a celebrity endorser for brands.

Early life and pageantry

Fernandez was born on 11 August 1985,[1][2][3][4] into a mixed ethnic family, in which her father is a Sri Lankan, while her mother is of mixed Malaysian and Canadian ancestry. Her great-grandparents were originally from Goa, India. She is the youngest of four, with one elder sister, and two elder brothers.[3][5] Although, she was raised in Bahrain, she said she originally lived in Sri Lanka. Prior to become a TV reporter, she started hosting TV shows in Bahrain, when she was barely fourteen years old. After graduating in Mass Communication from Australia, she moved to Sri Lanka, where she relocated at her grandparents place, and joined a Television station. From then, she began reporting and investigating mainly on political turmoil. According to an article published in Lanka Journal, she had aspired to become an actress, when she was eight years old.[6] Although, she was a TV reporter, she accepted offers to join the modeling industry, which came as a result of her pageant entrance and for which she was crowned the Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2006, and represented her state at Miss Universe 2006 held in Los Angeles where she was unplaced.[7] In 2007, Fernandez appeared on her first commercial in a music video for Sri Lankan duo Bathiya and Santhush.

Acting career

Fernandez made her acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood fantasy movie [10] In year 2010, she was seen once again appearing alongside Ritesh Deshmukh in the romantic comedy Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. She received mainly negative reviews for her performance. Rediff criticized her by writing," She gamely makes a fool of herself whilst aping the actions of movie stars, ranging from Sridevi's Naagin dance, Mithun Chakravarthy's Disco Dancer moves to Big B's violent headshake in Hum. Her Tara could be a keeper if only Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai wasn't so intent on turning her into a love-struck Barbie.[11] That year, she made a cameo appearance in Sajid Khan's Housefull in the song "Dhanno".

In 2011, Fernandez appeared in her third film, Mahesh Bhatt's thriller Murder 2 which emerged a major economic success.[12] Fernandez played the role of Priya, a lonely model who is in a confused relationship with Arjun Bhagwat, played by Emraan Hashmi. Fernandez grabbed a lot of attention for the boldness and sex appeal she displayed in the movie, with her performance receiving decent reviews.

(L-R) Fernandez, Ameesha Patel, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor at the Race 2 press conference.

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama reviewed, "Stepping into Mallika's shoes in the sequel is Jacqueline. Like Mallika, she takes the boldness quotient to the next level with her sexy avatar. She should grab a lot of eyeballs for the oomph factor, while her performance is decent. In fact, she gets little scope to display histrionics, but she makes a sincere attempt to portray her character with care."[13] A review from the The Times of India stated that Fernandez was "tastefully tempting" but noted that her romance with Hashmi was "literally half-baked".[14] Murder 2 launched Fernandez's career for the good, as she started getting offers from big production houses. Post Murder 2 success, Fernandez turned down many roles, such as Raaz 3, to avoid being type cast as a sex symbol.[15] She was also considered for Bindu's 'Mona Darling' act in the remake of Zanjeer but she walked out from the project for the same reasons.[16] She also turned down a role in Krrish 3, but that was due to date conflicts.

In 2012, Fernandez appeared in [17] Mrigank Dhaniwala of KoiMoi said, "Of all the girls, Asin and Jacqueline Fernandez get the meatiest of roles and they do not disappoint."[18] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave a mixed review by saying, "Amongst the female leads, Asin has the meatiest role and gives a decent account of herself. Jacqueline, Shazahn and Zarine act more as eye candy. They are the typical sultry and enticing selves; each one is befitting in her own space."[19]

Fernandez's first release of 2013 was Race 2 which was described by critics as the "cinematic equivalent of a trashy novel",[20] however was a box-office hit,[21][22] with collections surpassing the 1 billion (US$16 million) mark in domestic ticket sales.[23][24] Her performance in the film met with generally positive reviews, with Lisa Tsering, of The Hollywood Reporter stating, "Miss Sri Lanka Jacqueline Fernandez, a leggy beauty with a talent for action who now counts seven Indian films under her belt, is another plus. Welcome to Bollywood, Miss Fernandez".[25] Joginder Tuteja of Indicine noted, "Jacqueline has a bigger part to play and she does it well while looking her best."[26] Fernandez also appeared in an item number titled "Jaadu Ki Jhappi" for Prabhu Deva's Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya.

In 2014, Fernandez appeared in Sajid Nadiadwala's directorial debut—the action thriller Kick, a remake of the 2009 Telugu film of the same name. Featuring opposite Salman Khan, Fernandez played Shaina, a psychiatric student. She dubbed in her own voice for the first time in Kick.[27] On her performance, Sneha May Francis commented that she is "incredibly dazzling, and moves like [...] magic,"[28] though Raja Sen called her dialogue delivery "unfortunate."[29] The film received mixed reviews from critics, but with a worldwide revenue of over 3.6 billion (US$58 million), it emerged as a blockbuster.[30][31]

Upcoming projects

As of November 2014, Fernandez is committed to several projects. Fernandez has completed shooting for Chandran Rutnam's crime-thriller According to Mathew, an English-language Sri Lankan film.[27] She is filming in Malaysia for Vicky Singh's romantic thriller Roy, in which Fernandez will play dual roles alongside Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor.[32][33] She is also working on a Hollywood thriller titled Definition of Fear.[34] Fernandez has signed a 3-film deal with Nadiadwala's production house and will appear in his untitled next opposite Varun Dhawan and John Abraham.[35] She has also signed on to appear in three projects—Karan Malhotra's Brothers, a remake of the film Warrior which co-stars Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra; Remo D'Souza's next with Tiger Shroff and she will shoot for an Indo-Chinese film with Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Chan and Abhay Deol from December 2014. She is set to appear in the indian adaption of The Devotion of Suspect X which will be helmed by the Kahaani director Sujoy Ghosh and she'll play lead opposite Saif Ali Khan.[36][37][38][39]

In the media

Fernandez walking the ramp at a fashion week, 2013.

In addition to acting in films, Fernandez has supported charitable organisations, and performed for stage shows. In the early 2013, on the behalf of people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia, she sent a letter to the consulate general of the Philippines in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to expedite the transfer of the elephant Mali from the inadequate Manila Zoo to a lush sanctuary.[40] That year, she auctions a breakfast in Mayfair, London which she raises around £4000 for helping Pratham (her friend's) NGO involving for Children's primary education.[41] She then went on to join hands with PETA in order to prevent cruelty to horses.

She had performed at the 55th Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards, Star Guild Awards, BIG Star Entertainment Awards and Apsara Awards, as well as at the Temptations Reloaded in Auckland alongside, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Madhuri Dixit.[42]

In early 2013, she became the ambassador for HTC One which she endorses in India.[43] and, she was chosen as the face of Indian Bridal Fashion WeekIBFW of 2013.[44] On 16 October, she launched Gareth Pugh's designed Forevermark Diamonds in Mumbai, as the spokesperson[45] and inaugurated Forever 21 store in Mumbai.[46] That year, she also launched Gilette revolutionary shaving system with Arbaaz Khan and Aditya Roy Kapur.[47]

In 2011, a poll conducted by the newspaper, Times of India ranked her #7, among ''Top 50 Most Desirable Women''. Following, the next year, she ranked #8, in the second version of the poll. In the early 2013, Indian [edition] FHM magazine, ranked her at #21; of ''100 Sexiest Women In The World 2013.''[48] In the same year, a newspaper, ''World Actuality'', ranked her #23, among the ''most beautiful women in the world.''

She has been the cover model for many Indian editions of magazines, including Vogue, FHM,[49] Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Elle,[50] Verve,[51] Harper's Bazaar, Women's Health, L'Officiel and Femina among others.[52]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Aladin Jasmine
2010 Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Tara
2010 Housefull Dhanno Special appearance in song "Aapka Kya Hoga (Dhanno)"
2011 Murder 2 Priya
2012 Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen Bobby Kapoor
2013 Race 2 Omisha
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya Unknown Special appearance in song "Jaadu Ki Jhappi"
2014 Kick Dr. Shaina Mehra
2015 Roy Film has yet to be released Ayesha / Tia Post-production[33]
2015 Bangistan Film has yet to be released TBA Cameo
2015 Definition of Fear Film has yet to be released Sarah Fording Hollywood film
2015 According to Mathew Film has yet to be released Daphne English-language film
2015 Brothers Film has yet to be released TBA Filming[54]


Year Organisation Award Film Result
2010 International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Plus Debut of the Year – Female Aladin Won[55]
2010 Stardust Awards Exciting New Face Won[56]
2012 Stardust Awards Best Actress (Thriller/Action) Murder 2 Nominated[57]
2013 International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen Nominated[57]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rozanne Diasz
Miss Universe Sri Lanka
Succeeded by
Aruni Madusha
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