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‘Hello, men lie!’

Aladin actress Jacqueline Fernandez on men, movies and relationships.

entertainment Updated: Jan 16, 2010 20:21 IST

What’s your yardstick for judging men?
The way a man conducts himself. If he is intelligent and classy, it comes across.

Have you noticed any differences between Indian men and their western counterparts?
The attitudes are very different because of the culture and mindset. If I were to speak about Indian men, I’d say that they are extremely romantic. For them, it’s all about drama, love, and going out of your way in romance.

Do you think Indian men are more possessive, too?
That’s true of men anywhere in the world. In some cultures, they let their possessive streak show, in some cultures, they don’t.

Do you trust a man’s compliment or the mirror?
Mirror. Hello, men lie! (laughs)

Do you think Bollywood has come of age in the way it projects women onscreen?
Hollywood definitely has so many women-centric movies. At the same time, Indian cinema has come a long way. A woman-centric film like Fashion was one of the biggest hits last year.

Do you have any qualms about being labelled a sex symbol?
It sucks to be stereotyped. I’m not going to bare my body just because I feel like doing it. I’d do what the role demands. I’d love to acquire a sexy avatar. I don’t see any problem with it. It just gives you variety as an actress.

Is there a special person in your life?
That’s my personal life. It’s no-one’s business. When things don’t work out, like it happened with Kareena and Shahid, it becomes very difficult (to explain).

— As told to Mauli Singh, Bollywood News Service