Any other newcomer in her place would have been on the edge, worried and biting her nails, praying that her second and only film does decent business at the box-office. But former Miss Sri Lanka and the heroine of the forthcoming Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai seems unperturbed. The only other role that Fernandez has is a cameo and an item song in Sajid Nadiadwala’s HouseFull. “I can’t be crying, asking people what do I do. If Jaane Kahaan Se.. works out, fine. But if it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the road for me,” she says.
Point out to her that a cameo and an item song can’t boost her career, and Fernandez reasons, “I don’t consider my number in HouseFull an item song. Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra have done songs for Shah Rukh Khan’s Billu. Would you call them item girls? I have a nice role in the film, apart from a great song.”
Ask her if roles are hard to come her way due to her diction and Fernandez says, “Nothing like that. The way you speak Hindi will be different from mine, but that’s because you’ve been speaking the language for many years and I’ve just started a couple of years ago. There are enough roles for everyone out here.”
She says that her life changed completely after she won the Miss Sri Lanka title. At the suggestion of friends, she came to India to further her modeling career. “It was an overnight decision. I travelled, met people, that’s how I got work. It’s destiny,” she enthuses.
Before she signed Aladin, she was linked to Vivek Oberoi. Mention that to her and she says, “Next question please. I don’t have anything to say on this.” She was also said to be seeing Aladin director Sujoy Ghosh. “Can we move on please? This is so irrelevant,” she says when asked about it.
Riteish Deshmukh, her co-star from both her films is also her good friend. Ask her about learning Marathi from him and she says, “He taught me only two words — Jai Maharashtra. He said that’s all I need to know. I’m learning more of Hindi and Marathi from my spot buy and other staff.”
Fernandez is reluctant to reveal her future plans. “There’s some exciting stuff waiting to happen. We shall save that for another time,” she signs off.