She has catapulted in the big league with Sajid Nadiadwalas Kick opposite Salman Khan, a double role in debutant Vikramadityas Roy with Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal and is in talks for Housefull 3. Jacqueline Fernandez started her career with the disastrous Aladin and despite her gorgeous looks, was referred to as plastic. Unfortunately, her second film, the romantic comedy Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai also did not work at the box-office. Although an item song in Housefull brought her in the limelight, it was her portrayal of Priya, a lonely model in a confused relationship in director Mohit Suris Murder 2 that completely changed the course of her career. It was her bold and sensuous portrayal and well worked out histrionics that firmly launched Jacquelines career in Bollywood.
Says Suri who envisioned the actress as the seductive Priya after her girl-next-door characters in Aladin and Jaane Kahan Se Aaiye Hai, I never think of an actors past failures when I cast for a film. With Jacqueline, it was her striking urbane visage, and the fact that she was not apologetic about her sexuality was perfect for her to step into Mallika Sherawats shoes. I never had any options in mind. Having said that, I must mention her drive for perfection and the hard work that she put in got her the accolades that she deserved.
After the success of Murder 2, and having found a place for herself, the actress declined offers like Krrish 3 (apparently because of date issues) and a part in the Zanjeer remake. Fernandezs luck continued as she bagged franchises of hits like Housefull (Housefull 2) and Race (Race 2) which also went on to become big hits. Today Jacqueline is in a good space.
Tipping point: Her impressive portrayal of the sensuous model in the superhit Murder 2
Big ticket projects: Kick with Salman Khan, Roy with Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, and in talks for Housefull 3