Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been in the industry for close to a decade now and has made quite a mark in the tinsel town following some big action films in which she played key roles. In an exclusive interview to thestatesman.com, the actress talks about her journey in the industry, her new film and reveals her kind of man!

“I’ve been working in the industry for eight years now, close to a decade!” Jacqueline says as she reminisces her life on silver screen and talks about her soon to be released film A Gentleman.

This is the first time fans are going to see the actress in a gun-blazing action-packed avatar.

“This is the first movie where I’ll be seen doing some action scenes! I’ve been in a number of action films in my career but this is the first time I’ll be contributing something to the film in terms of action,” the actress says.

The Kick actress even got a hold of a real gun to add authenticity to her gunblazing avatar.

“I got hold of two guns in the movie and in the trailers, you can see me using those guns. It was fun to use a real gun but I think it’s not just for the sake of glamour, where it used to look sexy when an actress held a gun to add the glamour quotient in the film,” Jacqueline says.

“But my character required to do some action scenes and after working in so many action film I was relieved to finally do some action scenes in the film,” she adds.

While attempting to perfect her performance in the film, the actress even hurt herself. She injured her knee while practising a pole dance for the song Chandralekha. Jacqueline, however, firmly believes that injuries pay off in the end.

“Yes, obviously injuries pays off for the movie and the person who got injured. The audience connects with the work an actor or actress puts in for perfecting their role. They actually pick up on the dedication and hard work we put in for our movie! and getting injured is a part of what we do,” Jacqueline says.

The actress who did Brothers with his co-star, Sidharth, recalled her days with the real gentleman, and says, “Yeah we did Brothers, where we were in-laws! As I was paired opposite Akshay Kumar in the film. This time we star opposite each other as ‘the gentleman’ and his ‘ladylove’. Sid would have to give credit to our friendship in real life for the great onscreen chemistry.”

According to the actress, a true gentleman is someone who can cook!

“I would love to say a true gentleman is someone who is Sundar, Susheel and Risky! But one can’t possess all those traits,” Jacqueline says, adding, “He should be balanced. Someone who can cook! Have unique style and should be sensible as well. But cooking skills is a must for me! So definitely, someone who can cook is a true gentleman in my opinion!”.

Directed by Raj and DK, the film was released worldwide on Friday, August 25.