Jacqueline Fernandez, widely known as Jacky, is a versatile personality encompassing the roles of an accomplished actress, a successful model, and even a restaurateur. Her vibrant presence in the entertainment industry has garnered her a notable reputation.
Born on 11 August 1985 in Manama, Bahrain, Jacqueline Fernandez brings a touch of Leo’s warmth to the world. Despite her Sri Lankan nationality, she calls Colombo, Sri Lanka her hometown. Her educational journey includes attending the Sacred Heart School in Bahrain and later pursuing her graduation in Mass Communication from the University of Sydney.
Jacqueline made her debut in the film industry with “Aladin” in 2009. Her captivating presence extended to television as well, where she served as a judge on “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9” in 2016.
With a height of around 170 cm (5′ 7″) and a weight of approximately 56 kg (123 lbs), Jacqueline possesses an appealing figure measuring 34-27-35. Her captivating dark brown eyes and lustrous black hair enhance her distinctive charm.
Religion and Hobbies
She holds Christianity close to her heart and finds joy in an array of activities such as travelling, gymnastics, swimming, and dancing.
Intriguingly, Jacqueline’s journey hasn’t been without controversies. She found herself amidst a Sikh Kripan controversy in 2016 and later faced the spotlight in connection with a money laundering case involving Sukesh Chandrashekar.
Sikh Kripan Controversy
In 2016, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) protested the use of kirpan that she wore in the song ‘Sau Tarah Ke‘ from the film Dishoom.
Sukesh Money Laundering Case
- After skipping three summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the actress appeared before the agency on 20 October 2021 for questioning in connection with an over Rs 200 crore money laundering case filed against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekar.
- On 5 December 2021, the actress was stopped by immigration officials at the Mumbai Airport after a LOC (Look Out Circular) was issued against her by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to the Sukesh Chandrasekar case. Reportedly, the actress was heading to Dubai for a show but was stopped and taken in for some brief questioning. According to some media reports, the ED has evidence showing financial transactions between Sukesh Chandrasekar and Jacqueline Fernandez, and the actress has received a horse worth Rs. 52 lakhs and a Persian cat worth Rs. 9 lakhs as gifts by the alleged conman, and the overall cost of all the gifts given to her amounts to Rs. 10 crores. In the chargesheet filed against Sukesh, the ED stated that the actress was not keen on talking to him, so he allegedly called her from a Union ministry, Amit Shah’s Home ministry, posing as a high-ranking official. Reportedly, Sukesh tried to contact Fernandez through her make-up artist and when the actress declined, he allegedly made a “spoof call,” posing as a “very important person in the Government.” According to the ED officials, Sukesh had claimed he was from “Jayalalithaa’s political party and owner of Sun TV…” The agency also stated that Sukesh was in touch with Fernandez till his arrest and had “provided various gifts to her and her family members, arranged chartered flights for her to fly within India and her hotel stay, made payments in cash to a script writer on (her) behalf… All these expenses/payments were made by Sukesh Chandrashekhar out of proceeds of crime acquired through criminal activities related to a scheduled offence.” The ED also claimed that during questioning, the actress conceded that she “received gifts viz three Gucci and Chanel designer bags, two Gucci outfits for gym wear, a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes, two pairs of diamond earrings and a bracelet of multi-coloured stones, and two Hermes bracelets. She also received a Mini Cooper, which she returned.”
- In April 2022, the ED confiscasted assets worth Rs. 7.27 crore from the actress; the agency quoted that conman Sukesh had gifted her things that value Rs. 5.71 crore.
- On 17 August 2022, she was named in a chargesheet by the Enforcement Directorate.
- In September 2022, the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police again questioned her in connection with the Rs 200 crore money-laundering case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
- In October 2022, the ED opposed her bail plea before a Delhi court and said that she tried to flee the country.
- On 15 November 2022, a Delhi court granted her bail in the Rs 200-crore money laundering case.
In December 2022, actress Nora Fatehi filed a defamation case against Jacqueline Fernandez, alleging that Jacqueline tried to ‘destroy her career.’
Family & Relationships
Born to Elroy Fernandez, a businessman, and her mother Kim, Jacqueline is part of a lively family that includes two elder brothers and one elder sister. Though she remains unmarried, her romantic history includes connections with Bahraini prince Sheikh Hassan Bin Rashid Al Khalifa, director Sajid Khan, and conman Sukesh Chandrashekar, raising eyebrows and sparking discussions.
Likes & Dislikes
Her taste buds delight in French cuisine, and her admiration for actors Shahrukh Khan and Leonardo DiCaprio knows no bounds. She has a penchant for the color white and finds allure in the perfumes by Issey Miyake. The Pali Village Cafe in Mumbai is her favored restaurant, and Italy tops her list of preferred travel destinations.
Her car collection mirrors her eclectic tastes, ranging from Audis to BMWs, Hummer H2s to Mercedes-Benz Maybach S500s, and even a Jeep Compass.
Jacqueline’s financial world boasts assets including an apartment in Bandra’s Pali Hill. Her earnings are reflected in an approximate salary of 2-3 Crore per film and a net worth estimated at $9 million.