Jacqueline Fernandez is a Bahraini-Sri Lankan actress, former model.and the winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant.While on a modelling assignment in India in 2009, Fernandez successfully auditioned for Sujoy Ghosh’s fantasy drama Aladin, which marked her acting debut.Fernandez’ breakthrough role was in Mohit Suri’s psychological thriller Murder 2 (2011), her first commercial success. This was followed by glamorous roles in the ensemble-comedy Housefull 2 (2012), and the action thriller Race 2 (2013), both of which were box-office successes. Her performance in the former garnered her an IIFA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2014, Fernandez played the leading lady in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick, which is one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. One of the most popular actresses in India, she was the recipient of the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female in 2010. Alongside her screen acting career, Fernandez has participated in stage shows, and is active in humanitarian work.Mahesh Bhatt’s thriller Murder 2 was Fernandez’s first commercial success and marker a turning point in her career.Fernandez’s first release of 2013 was Race 2, an ensemble action thriller (alongside Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel, and Anil Kapoor.Fernandez appeared in Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut—the action film Kick She starred opposite Salman Khan, playing Shaina, a psychiatry student.
Fernandez played dual roles, Ayesha Aamir, a filmmaker in a relationship with another filmmaker and Tia Desai, a girl in love with a thief.While India TV called it “her best act till date”,critic Rajeev Masand felt that she “appears miscast in a part that required greater range.” Roy failed to meet its box-office expectations, and was a commercial failure.Later that year, she appeared in a guest appearance for the comedy-satire Bangistan.
Karan Malhotra’s action drama Brothers was Fernandez‘s next release. Co-starring alongside Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra, Fernandez played Jenny, a fearless mother struggling for her child, a role which she described as “challenging”, “intense”, and “difficult”.The role marked a departure from the glamorous characters that she had a reputation for portraying.
Fernandez has also signed on to appear in three other projects—Rohit Dhawan’s Dishoom opposite Varun Dhawan and John Abraham as a part of three-film deal with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Remo D’Souza’s Flying Jat opposite Tiger Shroff, and in an Indo-Chinese film starring opposite Abhay Deol, Amitabh Bachchan, and Jackie Chan titled Gold Struck.