Everyone’s favourite, Jacqueline Fernandez in conversation with PRATHISHTA MALHOTRA.
I know for a fact that you always know all your lines before you turn up on set so that you can focus on emoting and not worry about anything else!
Yeah, I know all my lines all the time! When people come on set, they are like, ‘Dude! She knows all the lines!’ (Laughs) I actually mug it up because I don’t want the language to be a problem ever. I don’t want to get stuck on a word, or its pronunciation on set. I do all of that so when I am performing it doesn’t enter my mind that I am forgetting lines and I just concentrate on the performing and the emotions there. It really helps. I think it is very important for people to know their lines. You know, when you work with acting coaches, they tell you that there is a certain tone to lines which can help you in giving a stronger message. Acting is not something that one goes on and can just have fun with.
Acting not being something you can just have fun with, is the perception of many who don’t wish their close ones to enter the industry…
Wanting to be an actor, there is no guarantee and there is a very high chance of failing and not getting anywhere and even being broke on the street. Also it can get to desperate situations where you would literally sell yourself because nothing else is working. That is the fear of most people who come into the industry or of the parents whose children want to become actors. It is so competitive as everybody wants to be an actor. So what do you do? You go in there, risk failure and have nothing for the rest of your life. It is much safer for them to put them in a profession where they know that they will get a monthly salary. As for acting, there is a good chance that you won’t work but, then again, there is a good chance that you might become the biggest superstar of the country!
Moving on to something positive, what has been the learning that has stood by you over these years?
I think the biggest thing I have learnt is to pursue my dreams always, no matter what. I feel very proud of what I have achieved in my life. I have worked hard and have come this far, there is so much more that I want to do. You know, when I was sitting back home in Bahrain when I was 14-15, there was not even a theatre industry there leave alone a film industry, I used to wonder how on earth would I ever become an actress! Sri Lanka doesn’t have afilm industry either, and nor does the Middle East. I thought I would have to go to America and I didn’t know anything about that country. I would have to do a hundred auditions a day and many things. Fate brought me to Sri Lanka and then India and now I have already worked on an international film. I have learnt that you have to believe in your dreams and yourself because you can do whatever it is you set your mind on.
Also, don’t miss out on the small things in life, those are very important. Sometimes you get so consumed by work but it’s important not to give up on the small things in life. Those small things are actually very big things, like family, spending time with friends, doing things you enjoy. As important as your career is, your experiences enrich your career. You need to have peace of mind and I don’t think anyone should risk that. It affects you a lot in the long run.