With two films bearing her name yet to be released, Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandes looks already destined to be a star. The first of these is Aladin, which stars Riteish Deshmukh in the title role and Amitabh Bachchan as the djinn. Jacqueline, of course, plays Princess Jasmine. Her second movie is Jaane Kahaan Se Aaye Hai — again opposite Riteish. In this fantasy fable, she plays a girl from the planet Venus and Riteish a boy from Earth.
Is she pleased with Aladin as her debut movie? “It’s an ingenious piece of work and like Harry Potter it’s not time-bound, and you cannot tell what time-zone it is set in,” she says, “And then there was the dream cast of Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh. Playing Jasmine was all fun and frolic with just the right ingredients of quintessential Bollywood ‘naach gaana’ routine and countless romantic and dramatic moments. It couldn’t have been a better start”
With two movies in a row, the former Miss Sri Lanka who grew up in Bahrain appears to feel comfortable working alongside Riteish Deshmukh? “Riteish was one of the few people I have known since my early days in Mumbai,” she explains, “He is a gem of a person; one of the nicest guys I know. Two movies down with him and I know I can do anything for him. And he can do anything for me.”