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Jacqueline Fernandez

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Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline Fernandez dressed in a sari.
Fernandez at the launch Gillette's new range
Born (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 30)[1][2][3][4]
Nationality Sri Lanka and Bahrain[5]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009-present

Jacqueline Fernandez (born 11 August 1985) is a Sri Lankan actress, former model, and the winner of the Miss Sri Lanka Universe pageant of 2006. She was born and raised in Bahrain into a multiracial family, where her ancestors belong from Canada, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. After graduating in Mass communication and working as a TV reporter in Sri Lanka, she joined the modeling industry. She was crowned the Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2006, and represented her country at Miss Universe 2006.

While on a modelling assignment in India in 2009, Fernandez got an offer to join Hindi film industry, thus making her acting debut in Sujoy Ghosh's fantasy drama Aladin. For the film, she won an IIFA Award for Best Female Debut. Fernandez gained recognition with her appearance in Mohit Suri's erotic-thriller Murder 2 (2011), which emerged as her first commercial success and followed it with glamorous roles in the ensemble-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.

In addition to acting in films, Fernandez is active in humanitarian work and has a number of endorsement deals. Her prime accomplishments have made her one of the most promising actresses in India.[6]

Early life[edit]

Fernandez was born on 11 August 1985 in Bahrain[1][2][3][4] and was nurtured in a multi-ethnic family, where her father is a Sri Lankan and her mother is of Malaysian and Canadian ancestry. She is the youngest of four children with one elder sister and two elder brothers.[3][7] 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.[citation needed]

According to an article published in Lanka Journal, she had aspired to become an actress, when she was eight years old.[8] Although, she was a TV reporter, she accepted offers in the modeling industry, which came as a result of her pageant entrance. In 2006, she was crowned the Miss Sri Lanka Universe and represented her state at Miss Universe 2006 which was held in Los Angeles.[9] In 2007, Fernandez appeared on her first commercial in a music video for Sri Lankan music duo Bathiya and Santhush.[10]

Acting career[edit]


Fernandez made her acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood fantasy movie Aladin playing a character inspired by the Disney character Princess Jasmine.[11] For her performance, Fernandez received mixed reviews, with Anupama Chopra of NDTV calling her a "plastic debutant".[12] However, Taran Adarsh of BollywoodHungama complimented her more on her looks, rather than her performance by saying, "Jacqueline Fernandez gets no scope, but she looks gorgeous nonetheless.[13]

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.[14] 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 as a major economic success.[15] 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.[citation needed]

(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."[16] 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".[17] 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.[18]

In 2012, Fernandez appeared in Housefull 2 with an ensemble cast which included Akshay Kumar, Asin and Rishi Kapoor. It became one of the top grossing productions of India that year and grossed 1.86 billion (US$28 million) worldwide. Also, Fernandez received positive reviews for her performance and looks[19][20] However, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave a mixed review by labelling her an "eye candy" who was "befitting in her own space."[21] Fernandez received a nomination at the IIFA Awards for Best Supporting Actress for the film.

Fernandez's first release of 2013 was Race 2 which was described by critics as the "cinematic equivalent of a trashy novel",[22] however was a box-office hit,[23][24] with collections surpassing the 1 billion (US$15 million) mark in domestic ticket sales.[25][26] 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".[27] Joginder Tuteja of Indicine noted, "Jacqueline has a bigger part to play and she does it well while looking her best."[28] 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.[29] On her performance, Sneha May Francis commented that she is "incredibly dazzling, and moves like [...] magic,"[30] while critic Mohar Basu found her chemistry with Khan "palpable".[31] However, Raja Sen was more critical of her dialogue delivery, calling it "unfortunate."[32] The film received mixed reviews from critics, but with a worldwide revenue of over 3.6 billion (US$54 million), it emerged as a blockbuster.[33][34]

In 2015, Fernandez appeared in Vicky Singh's romantic thriller Roy, in which she played dual roles alongside Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor.[35] The film garnered mixed reviews as did Fernandez's performance.[36] While India TV called her performance "her best act till date",[37] critic Rajeev Masand felt that Fernandez "appears miscast in a part that required greater range."[38] Though a safe proposition, Roy failed to meet its box-office expectations.[39] After a decent gap in the same year, she appeared in a guest appearance for the comedy-satire Bangistan playing the role of Rosie, a diva.

Karan Malhotra's action drama Brothers was Fernandez's next release. Co-starring alongside Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra, she essayed the role of Jenny, an "undaunted mother" struggling for her child. The role marked a departure from the glamorous characters that she had a reputation for potraying. Film critics praised Fernandez's performance, though their response to the film was mixed.

As of July 2015, Fernandez has several projects in development. She has completed shooting for Chandran Rutnam's crime-thriller According to Mathew, an English-Sri Lankan film, awaiting release.[29] She has also completed filming for her Hollywood debut titled Definition of Fear.[40] [41] Fernandez has also signed on to appear in three other projects—Rohit Dhawan's Dishoom opposite Varun Dhawan and John Abraham as a part of three-film deal with Nadiadadwala production, Remo D'Souza's Flying Jat opposite Tiger Shroff and in an Indo-Chinese film opposite with Abhay Deol, Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Chan titled "Gold Struck". [42][43][44] She is also commited to star opposite Sidharth Malhotra in a sequel to 2014 film Bang Bang.

In the media[edit]

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 (India), 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.[45] 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.[46] She then went on to join hands with PETA in order to prevent cruelty to horses. In 2014, Fernandez was named "Woman Of The Year" by PETA (India).[47]

In early 2013, she became the ambassador for HTC One which she endorses in India.[48] and, she was chosen as the face of Indian Bridal Fashion WeekIBFW of 2013.[49] On 16 October, she launched Gareth Pugh's designed Forevermark Diamonds in Mumbai, as the spokesperson[50] and inaugurated Forever 21 store in Mumbai.[51] That year, she also launched Gilette revolutionary shaving system with Arbaaz Khan and Aditya Roy Kapur.[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 Ayesha / Tia (Double Role)
2015 Bangistan Rosie Cameo
2015 Brothers Jenny Fernandes
2016 Definition of Fear Film has yet to be released Sarah Fording Hollywood film
2016 According to Mathew Film has yet to be released Daphne Reynolds English-language film


Year Organisation Award Film Result
2010 IIFA Awards Star Plus Debut of the Year – Female Aladin Won[53]
Stardust Awards Exciting New Face Won[54]
7th Annual Central European Bollywood Awards Breakthrough Female Won
2012 Stardust Awards Best Actress (Thriller/Action) Murder 2 Nominated[55]
2013 IIFA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen Nominated[55]
12th Teacher's Achievement Awards Artistic Versatility Won
15th Asianet Film Awards Most Stylish Bollywood Actress N/A Won
2014 Star Box Office India Awards Miss Box Office India Kick Nominated[56]
2015 Stardust Awards Style Diva Won[57]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Dancer Won[58]
Screen Awards Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated



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