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Jacqueline Fernandez

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Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan actress and former model and winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka competition, working primarily in Bollywood.

Fernandez was born on August 11, 1985 in Manama, Bahrain, and grew up in a multiracial family. Her father Elroy Fernandez is a Sri Lankan burger and her mother Kim is from Malaysia and Canada. Her maternal grandfather is Canadian and her paternal great-grandparents are from orphans in India. Her father, a Sri Lankan musician, met her mother, who was an air hostess after moving to Bahrain in the 1980s to avoid civil unrest between the Tamils ​​and Sinhalese. She is the youngest of four children with one older sister and two older brothers. After early education in Bahrain, she studied media at the University of Sydney, Australia. After graduating, she did two TV shows in Sri Lanka. She also studied Spanish and improved French and Arabic while attending the Berlitz language school.

Fernandes' first release in 2013 was the ensemble action thriller, Race 2 (along with Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, and Di Pika Padukone), described by critic Rajiev Masand as "a film equivalent to a garbage novel". She played Oh Misha, the fate of a woman, a role in which she must learn fencing and acrobatics. The film has had a commercial success with a gross domestic income of over $1 billion ($14 million). In a particularly sneaky review, NDTV's Saibal Chatterjee wrote that both Fernandez and Padukone were "both decorated, but hovering around like a wounded automatic machine with nowhere to go." That year, Fernandez appeared in the item number "Jaadu Ki Jhappi" in Prabhu Deva's romantic comedy Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya.

In 2010, Fernandez appeared on the other side of Deshmukh in the science fiction romantic comedy Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. She was cast as a girl from Venus who came to Earth in search of love. The film received bad reviews with Fernandes' acting. Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com commented: “She playfully fools herself into the action of a movie star, from Sridevi's Naagin dance, Mithun Chakravarthy's Disco Dancer moves, and from Hum to Big B's violent head wiggling. Her Tara can be a goalkeeper. Only Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai did not intend to turn her into a Barbie who fell in love.” Critic Anupama Chopra also criticized Fernandez for “pinning a balloon”. Later that year, she made a special appearance in the song "Dhanno" by Sajid Khan's comedy Housefull.

In 2017, Fernandez invested $35 million (US$490,000) in Rakyan Beverages' Raw Pressery. The company claims the investment made Fernandez the first celebrity in India to finance some of a consumer goods company.

In early 2013, Fernandez became an ambassador for the HTC One she supported in India. She was the face of the 2013 IBFW Indian Bridal Fashion Week. Later that year, Gareth Pugh became the spokesperson for the Mumbai-designed Forevermark Diamonds and attended the opening ceremony of the Forever 21 store in Mumbai. That year she launched the Gillette Shaving System with Arbaaz Khan and Aditya Roy Kapur. While analyzing Fernandes' career, Indian TV commented: "Jacqueline Fernandes is slowly and steadily climbing the ladder of success. Jacqueline is comfortable grasping every aspect of the work and thus providing the results the actress should be performing." Conversely, India Today's Charu Thakur criticized her acting skills, but said "[she] was able to find her feet in Bollywood by playing a brilliant role now."

According to Fernandez, she was eager to become an actress at an early age and had a fantasies about becoming a Hollywood movie star. She was trained at the John School of Acting. Although she was a television reporter, she accepted the modeling industry's offer as a result of her beauty pageant success. In 2006, she was selected as the winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka competition and represented Sri Lanka at the World Miss Universe 2006 competition held in Los Angeles. In an interview in 2015, Fernandez described the modeling industry as "a good training ground" and said, "It's a medium to let go of your restraints, get to know your body and gain confidence." In 2006, she starred in the music video for the music duo Bathiya and Santhush's song "O Sathi".

Mahesh Bhatt's thriller Murder 2 was Fernandez's first commercial success and a turning point in her career. She took on the role of Priya, a lonely model in a chaotic relationship with Arjun Bhagwat (played by Emraan Hashmi). Fernandez was praised for her acting and for her boldness and sexual appeal in the film. Gaurav Malini of The Times of India said he was "deliciously seductive," but mentioned that his romance with Hashmi was "literally half-baked. The following year, Fernandez appeared in the ensemble comedy Housefull 2 ​​with Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Asin. It became one of India's highest-grossing products that year and earned $1.86 billion (US$26 million) worldwide. Fernandez received mostly negative reviews for her performance. While Gaurav Malini praised her for her appearance, NDTV referred to her as "Blathering Bimbo" "who can't find joy in [her role]." Despite negative reviews, Fernandez was nominated for an Best Supporting Actress for her performance at the 14th IIFA Awards.

In 2009, Fernandez visited India for a modeling assignment. She successfully auditioned for her acting debut in Sujoy Ghosh's fantasy film Aladin (2009). She played the love interest of the character of Riteish Deshmukh, a role based on the character of Princess Jasmine. And CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand felt that she "looks comfortable and confident in the eyes, but has little to do". The film was a critical and commercial failure, but she won the IIFA Award for her star debut-Woman of the Year.

In 2015, Fernandes starred in the romantic thriller Vicky Singh's Roy. Critic Sarita A. Tanwar described it as a "boring, weary and bluff" film. Fernandez took on the double role of filmmaker Ayesha Aamir, who had a relationship with another filmmaker (played by Arjun Rampal), and Tia Desai (played by Ranbir Kapoor), a girl in love with a thief. Indian TV called it "Best Acting So Far", but critic Rajeev Masand felt "looks like it's been cast incorrectly in areas where a wider range is needed." Roy didn't meet box office expectations and it was a commercial failure. Later that year, she starred in a guest appearance in the comedy satire Bangistan.

Karan Malhotra's action drama Brothers was Fernandez's next release. Starring with Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra, Fernandez played the fearless mother Jenny struggling for her child, which she described as "challenging", "intense", "hard". The role deviated from the charming character, which she gained fame for portraying. Zee News' Dhriti Sharma praised her character as "smooth, timid and promising," and "convincingly draws out the pleasant character of the street warrior's wife." While film critic Subhash K. Jha mentioned that she "... gives her the best emotional shot in a limited role," critic Raja Sen said: News about the Kick sequel may have been included Later that year, she starred in the horror thriller Justice of Horror celebrating her Hollywood debut.

Fernandez started 2016 with a role in the sequel to Housefull 2. The ensemble comedy film paired her with Akshay Kumar. Critics of Firstpost were disappointed with the photo, and Fernandez criticized her for his propensity to film. She is nothing more than a "visual charm." Nevertheless, the film was a commercial success with a revenue of $1.8 billion ($26 million) worldwide. Her next film, Action Adventure Dishoom, also earned $1 billion ($14 million) from the box office. Later that year, she served as a judge for the 9th season of the dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

In 2009, she made her Bollywood debut with the movie Aladin and has since worked in the industry. Born to a multi-ethnic Eurasian family from Canada, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Fernandez was raised in Bahrain. After graduating from the media at the University of Sydney and working as a television reporter in Sri Lanka, he joined the modeling industry. She was named Miss Universe Sri Lanka in 2006 and represented her country in Miss Universe 2006.

During her modeling work in India in 2009, Fernandez made her acting debut after auditioning for Sujoy Ghosh's fantasy drama Aladin. Fernandez played a groundbreaking role in her first commercial success, the psychological thriller Murder 2 (2011). Subsequently, she was nominated for the IIFA Best Supporting Actress for her brilliant roles in the commercially successful ensemble comedy House Pool 2 (2012) and Action Thriller Race 2 (2013). Fernandez starred in the top-grossing action films Kick (2014) and comedy Housefull 3 (2016) and Judwaa 2 (2017).

In 2017, Jacqueline starred in Chandran Rutnam's English-Sri Lankan crime thriller Matthew. This film was also her maiden appearance in Sri Lankan films. The film premiered at the CEL Theater on April 7, 2017 in Sri Lanka under the title of Anuragina. Her next film was an action comedy A Gentleman, starring director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K's Siddharth Malhotra, which was not well received by critics and was a box office hit. Later that year, she appeared in David Dhawan's comedy film Judwaa 2, opposing Varun Dhawan and Taapsee Pannu. It was the sequel to the 1997 comedy film Judwaa. The film turned out to be a box office success. In 2018, she appeared alongside Salman Khan in Race 3, the third addition to the race franchise.

In 2008 and 2011, Fernandez was included in the British magazine Eastern Eye's list of "The Sexiest Asian Women in the World," ranking 12th. She was ranked #3 in The Times of India's "Most Desirable Woman" in 2013 and 2014, and over the past three years, she ranked 8th, 7th and 14th respectively. In 2013, Rediff.com put her on the list of "Bollywood's Best Dressed Actresses." The following year, she was ranked 60th in the Indian edition of Forbes' Celebrity 100, a list based on income and popularity of Indian celebrities.

In 2014, Fernandez starred in the action film Kick, a remake of the 2009 Telugu-name film, his debut directed by Saji de Nadia de Walla. She starred opposite Salman Khan, playing Shaina, a psychiatrist. She kept a real voice for the first time at Kick. Sneha May Francis said she was "surprisingly dazzling and magically moving," but Rediff.com's Raja Sen said she was more critical and "unfortunate" for conveying the conversation. Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, it became the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film with worldwide sales of over $3.75 billion (US$53 million). The film established Fernandes as one of the most famous Bollywood actresses.

Along with his film acting career, Fernandez served as a judge in the ninth season of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2016–2017), is a celebrity advocate for various brands and products, has participated and is active in stage shows. In humanitarian work.

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