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Bollywood award 'shock' for Jackie.

FORMER Bahrain model and emerging Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez yesterday described her shock at landing a top Indian film award, which has been described as the equivalent of an Oscar.

Ms Fernandez won Best Female Debut of the Year award at the glittering International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last weekend.

The former Sacred Heart School student, who played Jasmine in her debut Bollywood film Aladin, shared the award with actress Mahie Gill - who was honoured for her role in Dev D.

The 24-year-old said winning her first IIFA award in her home country made the occasion even more special.

"It actually caught me by surprise," Ms Fernandez, a former Miss Sri Lanka, told the GDN yesterday.

"When they called out my name I thought they were reading out the nominations and I wondered why the audience was applauding for so long.

"I was actually in shock and didn't realise I'd won.

"Looking across the board it was good to see that I'd won it and I was really happy that Mahie won too.

"She was, in my opinion, the best debut.

"It's huge to win an IIFA Award, but it's a really big deal for me because I won this award in Sri Lanka."

Ms Fernandez will return to Mumbai, India, tomorrow to plot the next step in her career.

However, she said the nature of her work meant it was unlikely she would be returning to Bahrain any time soon.

"The award has given me so much mileage because people from the industry were at the awards show," she added.

"I've got some endorsements, shows, appearance and narrations lined up (in Mumbai) - there's no time for breaks.

"Work's going on well and I really have to be around and concentrate on that right now so I'm staying focused on that."

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Date:Jun 8, 2010
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