I’m so famous in India: Amy Jackson to British tabloid

In an interview with a British tabloid, Amy Jackson claimed to be the next big thing in Bollywood. Read on for excerpts from her interview, and our reality check on the star who gets 'treated like a princess in India'.
By Prashant Singh | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2012 12:23 PM IST

If we are to believe the exaggerated account of model-turned-actor Amy Jackson’s fame in an interview to Britain’s The Sun tabloid (published on June 16), she is “taking Bollywood by storm”. She also gets “treated like a princess” and is “in the next three big Bollywood movies”. Baffled? Well, so are we. Here’s some insight on the interview and on Amy’s ‘fame’.



Amy said:

“It is ridiculous — like a mad whirlwind… it’s mad that I’m so famous. I get treated like a princess in India.”


Reality check:

Last we heard, Amy’s Bollywood career had hit a dead end of sorts after Ekk Deewana Tha (EDT). As for the “famous” bit, the little limelight she does get is courtesy alleged boyfriend Prateik’s public displays of affection — when he pulls her towards him with a ‘gamcha’ at the Gangs Of Wasseypur screening or creates some buzz by joking about them being married.



Amy said:

“I was once so terrified of acting… Now I’m in the next big three Bollywood movies.”


Reality check:

See Amy’s track record: her debut film Madrasapattinam (Tamil) released in 2010. For the next two years, she didn’t have any films until she made her Bollywood debut with EDT, that came and went faster than we can say flop. The last time we checked, Bollywood still meant Hindi cinema, but post EDT, Amy’s believed to have signed Thaandavam (Tamil) and Yevadu (Telugu). Industry insiders tell us there’s no new Bollywood film on the horizon for her. So Amy, please solve the “big three” mystery for us.





Amy said:

“We (Prateik and her) are an A-list couple in India. People ask us for photographs and autographs all the time.”


Reality check:

We hope Kareena and Saif are listening. Now, they have got competition! We aren’t even getting into how the two were just “best friends” barely two months ago. As for photographs and autographs, we don’t know anyone who’s been chasing her.



Amy said:

“Foreign girls are not easily accepted… It is racism. It used to upset me but I’ve learnt to get on with it.”


Reality check:

Now there’s racism in Indian films?


And all this while we were fooling ourselves thinking that our filmmakers welcome “foreign girls” like Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri, Bruna Abdullah and Giselli Monteiro. And, Amy... didn’t you just say (in another interview) that “not only the film industry, but also the (Indian) people are more accepting today?” Or was that lost in translation?


PS: We’ve repeatedly been trying to reach you for comments, Amy.



Living together?


Are Amy Jackson and Prateik living together? That’s what the interview in The Sun suggest. In the past too, there were rumours that Prateik had left his Bandra Bandstand place and moved into her Carter Road apartment. Though the two have always denied moving in together, they have been spotted together at various parties and events.



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