Defending her Kick co-star Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez said that his recent visit to Sri Lanka was for a charity event and not for any political campaign.
Salman, 49, came under fire from political parties in Tamil Nadu for allegedly campaigning in support of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakasa during elections last month.
The former Miss Sri Lanka says, "The intention was very clear from our side. We were there to promote and conduct eye camps on behalf of Being Human. Salman has been doing eye camps in Sri Lanka and we always wanted to go there. But we had less time so the event was not as successful as we thought it would be. Politics was not in the picture at all."
The Roy actor feels the whole issue was blown out of proportion as the eye campaign happened during the election period. "I can understand the sentiments of people but I have never spoken about my political views whether it is in India or Sri Lanka. For me it was a joyous time. I was there in my own country and Salman was with me for a charity event. It was a brilliant opportunity. We were there to spread awareness. What made me more sad was that no one asked us anything before writing such stories," she says.
Fernandes, who made her debut in Bollywood in 2009 with Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Aladin, says people should not be judgemental. "I can't talk on behalf of Salman but if you ask me I believe when you talk about democracy we should respect each other and our opinions too. You cannot judge someone on the basis of who they want to support."
She is all geared up for her next romantic-thriller Roy, where she is playing a double role. Also starring Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, the film will hit theatres on February 13.