To survive in Bollywood Industry, you have to be cut-throat: Jacqueline Fernandez
Many would believe that ‘Betrayal Is Survival’, the tag line of Jacqueline Fernandez`s ‘Race 2’, truly reflects the cut-throat competition and survival mantra in the Hindi film industry, but the Sri Lankan-born actress says hard work and honesty can do wonders, Zee News reports.
“It is a very competitive industry. They say that if you want to survive here, you have to be cut-throat. But I don`t see a need for that. Sometimes I feel that hard work works. If you want to sleep well at night it is better if you just be an honest person,” Jacqueline told reporters in an interview. Personally, she feels it is better to forgive and forget than hold a grudge against anyone.
“I think betrayal is a part and parcel of life and I think we all have experienced it. But I am someone who doesn`t believe in holding grudges. I am someone who forgives and forgets. I think it is important,” she said.
Born to a Sri Lankan father and Malaysian mother, Jacqueline was raised in Bahrain, and at the age of 14 was hosting a fitness show. She moved to Australia for her college studies, and then returned to Sri Lanka, where she took up a reporting job. The year 2006 turned to be a game-changer for her as she entered the Miss Sri Lanka beauty pageant and won the crown. That set the stage for the Miss Universe contest at Los Angeles for her. She didn`t make it to the finals, but her visibility drew in advise that she must try her luck in Bollywood.
It worked. She made her debut in the Hindi film industry with 2009 film ‘Aladin’ opposite Riteish Deshmukh. Though it didn`t click at the box office, the film landed her roles in ‘Housefull 2’, ‘Murder 2’ and now ‘Race 2’.
Creating a place for herself was not easy, says Jacqueline. “It is a little bit difficult when you have come from outside. I feel that the industry embraces people who are from the industry faster and with wider arms. But once you have proved yourself, it is easier for them to accept you,” she said.