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I did not have anyone to go to for advice: Jacqueline Fernandez

PTI   January 18, 2013
First Published: 20:06 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:00 IST(19/1/2013)
Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming action-thriller Race 2, says she is happy with the way things have shaped up for her in Bollywood.

The actor says she is happy with her decision to come to Bollywood, which was a completely new world for her at one time.
“I can’t believe that I had guts to come all the way to Bollywood as I did not know anything about it. Sometimes I am like, ‘What was I thinking?’ It would scare me to death to do something like that now. I guess I was quite fearless at that time.  “But I could not have asked for more. I am grateful for the opportunities which are beyond my expectations,” Jacqueline says.

Her decision, she adds, has made her a stronger woman. “When I came here, I did not have anyone to go to for advice. Now, I have people from within the industry who have been helpful and kind of there for me. They are a guiding force at the end of the day. But when it comes to major decisions, I like to make them on my own.”

Jacqueline, who went through a special training to learn a Vietnamese martial arts form for Race 2, says she has put in a lot for this
character. “It was a very challenging role. Our action-director did not want to use body double for any of the actors including Saif (Ali Khan or John (Abraham). It prepared us for the challenges ahead because we wanted to live up to expectations.

“I went through three months of training to learn the basics of Vietnamese fencing and action choreography. It was intense and I hope it looks good on the screen.”

She is also excited about playing a grey character in the film. “This role gave me the chance to do lot of research. My character had to be mysterious and physically fit,” she says. 
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