Jacqueline Fernandez's hit avatar in Kick is the talk of the town. At a special screening of the film, Karan Johar was heard gushing about her to Salman Khan. It is learnt that the actor told KJo to sign her. Known to be a quick wit, the director shot back, "I would love to cast and even manage her!"
He will have to wait, though. Post signing Kick, her career has taken off. She has Roy with Ranbir Kapoor. She also has a three-film contract with filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala, who has finalised her for his next film with Hrithik Roshan.
Jacqueline cofirms, "I have signed a three-film contract with Sajid. I have worked twice with him as a producer -- in Housefull (she was in the item number Dhanno), in Housefull 2 and now, in his directorial debut Kick. I can't think of a more amazing person to work with. He's a fantastic producer. And as a director, multiply that by 10. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with him. Now I can't wait to work with him again! Both Sajid and Salman have taken a huge risk in casting me for the film. They decided to go with me and I couldn't disappoint them. So the biggest high for me was when both told me that they were happy with the outcome and that they were proud of me. Now my job is done. I achieved what I set out to do."
She continues, "I have never had this kind of appreciation before. Every moment I thank God for it. I prayed really hard for this movie - praying and hoping that the film would do well and that I would be acknowledged as actress. It's been an extremely emotional time. After going through so much in the last couple of years, I am now finally getting somewhere. All these years, I got a lukewarm response... I was stuck in the middle - neither in the A-list category nor a newcomer anymore. There was no appreciation or criticism for me in the reviews, good or bad. Kick has been the movie of my career and there was pressure on me. I kept asking myself - will my performance be liked, appreciated and accepted?