She is a popular name down south with hit films such as Thaandavam (2012) and Yevadu (2014) to her credit. But British model-turned-actor Amy Jackson wasn’t as lucky in Bollywood.
Her debut film, Ekk Deewana Tha (2012), bombed at the box office. Now, however, Amy is set to give the industry a second shot. She will star opposite Akshay Kumar in his next home production. Here, she talks about the film, her professional priorities and more.
Did you ever analyse what went wrong with your debut Hindi film?
I had fallen in love with the Tamil film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010) that Ekk Deewana Tha was a remake of. Then, Gautham Menon (director of both the films) offered me the role of Jessie in the remake, and I knew I wanted to be part of it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. But it helped me grow as an actor.
Why didn’t you sign any other Hindi film after that?
I needed to be selective about my next project. I wanted to go for something that offered me not only a meaty role, but also had a good script, and I got all that in south films.
What drives you to try your luck in Bollywood again?
I am very passionate about what I do, whether it is my work in Bollywood or any other film industry. Also, it has been a dream come true to bag a role in such a big film (her next with Akshay) and to get to work with Prabhudheva (director).
Have you ever faced racial issues in your career in India so far?
I wouldn’t go so far as to call them racial issues. But I have noticed that people are curious about how a girl from Liverpool, UK, can act in Indian movies. My answer to them usually is that an actor has no limitations… we can be whoever we set out to be and that’s the beauty of movies.
Which film industry features higher on your list of priorities?
As I said earlier, I am passionate about acting. If I feel I can do justice to a role and be part of something that brings magic to the silver screen, then I will do it.
Are you looking forward to working with Akshay?
The first Bollywood movie I watched was Namastey London (2007). I have always thought he is a superb actor. So, to star in a movie with him is an honour. I have some intense fight sequences in the film, and I’ve been watching lots of his movies for inspiration.