Brides Today June-July 2017 - Page 129

courting summer Social-media savvy and a spontaneous talker much to our delight, Jacqueline Fernandez unravels emotions as she talks about Sri Lanka, making it work in Bollywood, and her love for fitness. F By NUPUr MehTA PUri. Photographs by PASCAL ChevALLier or her third cover with BAZAAR BRIDE, and the most extravagant one yet, actor Jacqueline Fernandez reimagines life in the dreamy borroughs of London in the choicest of couture creations. All this, while she talks about living a life that is being constantly scrutinised over social media, her secret to maintaining a body that is the envy of and inspiration for many young women, finding the right guy, and something no one else has ever addressed before—achieving success on foreign shores. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FITNESS REGIME. The major issue I always face is that I can never keep up with a routine, because I am never in one place for too long. Be it about working out in a gym, or a class of Pilates or yoga, I always try to keep my fitness routine very flexible, because I know I could be in any part of the world and I might not have access to something that I am used to. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND AT THE GYM? It’s very simple, I workout for an hour a day. And I don’t even consider Sundays as off days. WHAT SORT OF A DIETARY REGIME DO YOU FOLLOW? We are in such a body-intensive industry that our requirements are different for different characters, for different movies, which also means that if I am prepping for a particular song, my entire dietary and fitness regime changes. For me, it’s 80 percent about being healthy and 20 percent about the free space wherein you can cheat a little bit, basically where you can just be normal. WHAT IS YOUR ONE CHEAT DISH THAT YOU CANNOT DO WITHOUT? For me, a cheat meal is when I know I have been kind of naughty. I usually never have junk food. If I really have a pizza or pasta, or something like that, I make sure it’s made with whole wheat and is low-on-cheese and gluten-free, which makes it kind of healthy. TELL US ONE FOND MEMORY OF GROWING UP IN SRI LANkA. I miss my grandparents the most—they are not there any more. My parents would make sure that we spent two months of our summer vacations every year in Sri Lanka with them. I remember how we used to wake up and my nana would make Bournvita and the entire house would soon start smelling like Bournvita. And I must say this: Sri Lankan breakfasts are my favourite. Sri Lankan food is something that I can’t do without. My grandma’s food used to be really yum and I remember how we used to indulge in a lot of outdoor activities. We used to go to wildlife sanctuaries to see wild animals, go on a trek, and be at the beaches with all my cousins. BEING ON SOCIAL MEDIA HAS ITS OWN SET OF REPERCUSSIONS. DOES IT AFFECT YOUR LIFE? When I first started, it was an unbelievable way for me to connect with people and fans. People who hadn’t even watched my films were getting to know me as a person on social media. Instagram showed them how human a lot of celebrities are. However, I would like to add that there’s a fear of judgement, which somehow compromises who you really want to be on social media. I have to control what I actually want to put out there as I have to keep people’s sentiments in mind. For me, it’s part of my evolution. WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN LONDON? I am here to shoot for Judwaa 2. London is second home; it’s my fourth back-to-back film shoot here as every year I find myself in this fantastic city. TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT WITH BAZAAR BRIDE. WE ARE SHOOTING WITH CLOTHES AND JEWELLERY FROM ANUSHREE REDDY AND NIRAV MODI RESPECTIVELY. YOUR THOUGHTS ON THESE DESIGNERS? Anushree (Reddy) is amazing. I have always found her clothes very comfortable yet stunning and youthful. They offer a modern take on Indian bridal wear. And Nirav Modi, oh my god, he’s unbelievable (gushes). He has some stunning necklaces, which look like they are simply floating on your neck. I love how these designers combine technology with their work as that seriously makes life much easier. WHAT MOISTURISER DO YOU USE? The Body Shop body butters and my favourite flavour is moringa. SUN BLOCk? The Body Shop Vitamin E Eyes Cube. I would recommend brides-to-be to start using it six months prior to the wedding and be regular with it. MAkEUP? I use all the new ranges from The Body Shop—all their lipshades and foundations that are enriched with aloe vera. WHAT’S THE BAG YOU ARE CARRYING RIGHT NOW? I’m carrying a Gucci bag, but I really want to buy the new Chanel bag—Gabrielle. I’m dying for the new Dior ones too. WHAT kIND OF A GUY ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO? My guy needs to be very down to earth. I come from a multi-ethnic background and for me it would be really important to find somebody who understands different cultures. Also, someone who likes sports and is healthy. DID YOU HAVE TO CHANGE YOURSELF TO BE A PART OF THE HINDI FILM INDUSTRY? I think for people who knew me when I first came here, I’m still be the same. Obviously, I have more experience and knowledge now. I come from a very gullible background so it took a lot of learning; when I came here there wasn’t any family, there was only an agency. I had to learn everything on my own and it was difficult to be an outsider. This has made me a little more cautious now. WHAT’S NEXT? There’s Reloaded with Sid (Sidharth Malhotra) releasing in August this year, Judwaa 2 with Varun (Dhawan) releasing in September, and Drive by Tarun Mansukhani with Sushant (Singh Rajput) slated for a November release. ■