Jacqueline Fernandez learns Hindi for ‘Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai’
Sri Lankan Jacqueline Fernandez a.k.a Jackie made her Bollywood debut with ‘Aladdin’ opposite Riteish Deshmukh. Once, again she has paired with Riteish to play the role of an alien in ‘Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai’.
Jacqueline is not quite comfortable with Hindi. She was told that her voice would be dubbed by a professional once the film reaches the editing stage.
“Exactly, that was the plan”, recollects Jackie, “I had shot all of my scenes while being very comfortable all this while that there would anyways be dubbing happening at a later stage. I just concentrated on getting my act right without really worrying much about pronunciation, spacing etc. because that was far from being perfect.”
However, since her character in the film is that of an alien, director Milap felt that her uncomfortable Hindi would just go right with her character and so he suggested Jackie to dub for her dialogues.
“Being shocked would be an understatement”, laughs Jackie in mock horror, “I pleaded Milap to get someone else on board in the dubbing studio. This is just my second film and I felt that I would ruin it all if audience hears me speaking Hindi in my own sweet accent.
Talking about her dubbing experience, Jackie says, “I wanted to kill myself. Period”, adds Jackie in an animated tone, “I felt that this was the end of it. I wanted to go back to the shoot and re-do everything that I had done as far as mouthing dialogues was concerned.
Come on, I have no qualms in admitting that Hindi is not something that comes naturally to me. But then what can one say when your director feels that it is this ‘not so natural’ trait that he wanted in his ‘alien’ character.”