It was one ‘walk in the room’ that film maker Sujoy Ghosh will never forget in his entire lifetime. Busy auditioning dozens of girls for the part of Jasmine in his flick ‘Aladin’ produced by Eros International and Boundscript, the ‘Jhankaar Beats’ director was eagerly awaiting that one face which could make him lock the heroine opposite Riteish Deshmukh.
However, little did he know that he would eventually himself get tongue tied the moment he came across someone as perfect as Jacqueline Fernandez.
|Indian actor Ritesh Deshmukh (R) and actress Jacqueline Fernandez pose at the launch of the film ‘Aladin’ in Mumbai late September 16, 2009. AFP
“Man, it was one moment that neither me nor my colleagues will ever forget,” Sujoy remembers, “Here we were waiting endlessly for getting Jasmine for our ‘Aladin’ and there Jacqueline walks into our office. Frankly, it was a Jim Carrey moment a la ‘The Mask’ as our eyes literally popped out and we were left speechless.
As filmy as it may sound but at the very moment we knew that we had found our ‘Jasmine’. Her exotic looks made our decision so simple and we knew that it was the end of our entire search.”
The girl in the picture, Jacqueline herself, wasn’t too sure about that though. She was still in doubt whether she would actually be able to make it, courtesy her audition which she believed hadn’t gone all that great.
“I was wondering whether I had made a laughing stock of myself,” Jacqueline laughs, “It was my first month in the city and here I am asked to report for an audition. My Hindi wasn’t really terrific at that time and all I had done was converse a little with auto guys for transactional purposes.”
She remembers Sujoy being impressed with the way she conducted herself, but realizes that it was an altogether different ball game when it came to acting.
“Frankly, I thought my audition was a disaster,” Jacqueline says in a matter of fact tone, “I thought that I had lost all my prospects.”
Well, Sujoy didn’t quite share the same sentiment, as no sooner did she land home, she got a call back from him.
“It was really amazing. I was so excited to get that call in which all he mentioned was that he wanted complete dedication from me for enacting the role of Jasmine. In fact my real life story was akin to a copybook fairy tale story.” Hard work began soon after.
“Of course, there was no way I could have let go of such a huge opportunity. I set myself up on the task there and then. And here I am with my debut film being just a few days away from release. Yes, it has been a fairy tale ride,” concludes Jacqueline.
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Bollywood glitz to children’s story
MUMBAI - One of the best loved children’s stories, which first appeared in ‘The Book of One Thousand and One Nights’ has been adapted by film maker Sujoy Gosh to cater to the audience. ‘Aladin’ boasts of a commendable star cast, including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Sri Lankan beauty queen Jacqueline Fernandez.
‘Aladin’ is the story of an orphan, Aladin, played by actor Riteish Deshmukh who lives in the city of Khwaish and is bullied since childhood by Kasim and his gang.
How his life takes a turn when he meets Jasmine played by Jacqueline, who gives him a magic lamp and what happens after that, forms the basic plot of the film. For Jacqueline, who is making her debut with this film, acting in a Hindi film was quite a tough thing to do.
“I would say it’s possibly one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my life. It definitely was difficult to learn any language but I had a great team working with me. I had very cooperative co-stars and very cooperative director. It just made it all the more easier,” said Jacqueline. The film will release on October 30. (ANI)