‘Hard work and talent finds its way even through the darkest tunnel.’
Photograph: Kind courtesy Jacqueline Fernandez/Instagram
Jacqueline Fernandez is enjoying spending time with herself during the lockdown.
The actress, who has completed 10 years in the film industry, tells Subhash K Jha, “I am trying to be very productive in doing things that I love the most — yoga, self-care and self-love.”
How are you spending your time during these times of isolation?
I love spending time with oneself and this time of isolation is letting to me do that.
I am trying to be very productive in doing things that I love the most — yoga, self-care and self-love.
People call me happy and vibrant may be because I find happiness in the minutest things I do.
I hope everyone is safe and this prevalent time ends soon.
You have completed 10 years in Bollywood. How do you view your journey so far?
I feel blessed to be a part of an industry that a lot of people dream of.
Wow, it has been 10 years but it just feels like I started off yesterday — the journey is so fresh in my mind.
The journey has been amazing and has taught me so much.
I feel like I belong here and wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
IMAGE: Jacqueline features in the song Genda Phool with Badshah. Photograph: Kind courtesy Jacqueline Fernandez/Instagram
We haven’t seen much of you on screen lately.
I had taken some time off to focus on my craft and learn new skills.
I was taking projects as per my convenience and in terms of quality and learning, I want to seek more.
I just was a part of a music video which recently released. Everyone seems to have liked it and now, steadily, you will see more of me on various platforms.
I am excited for all my forthcoming projects.
How do you see the changes within the film industry since you came in with Aladin?
Not much changes actually.
The industry has always been very welcoming of newcomers and has respected people who have proved their worth with sheer talent and hard work.
The difference that I now see is in terms of content.
A lot of quality driven content is being made and the platform of viewership is no longer restricted to the big screen.
What matters is that the end product should reach the audiences.
This shift in this ideology is what I love the most.
IMAGE: Jacqueline and Sushant Singh Rajput in Drive Photograph: Kind courtesy Jacqueline Fernandez/Instagram
As a single woman in the entertainment industry, have you faced harassment of any sort?
I have not faced any harassment of any sort and hence, I don’t think I would be the right person to comment on this.
What is your advice to women who enter the Indian entertainment industry?
I have always believed that hard work and talent finds its way even through the darkest tunnel.
Keep dreaming and believe in your dreams.
This is what I would like to convey to every person who dreams of being a part of this industry, that self-belief and hard work will earn you everything.
The process may be different for everyone, but the outcome will be one to cherish.
So have faith and embark on this beautiful journey with confidence.