Bollywood actresses, at the peak of their career, have traditionally refused to play onscreen mother, but Jacqueline Fernandez has chosen to break the stereotype.
The "Kick" actress will be playing the role of a young mother, Jenny Fernandes, in "Brothers" starring Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra.
Speaking about the challenging role, Jacqueline says she was initially sceptical about accepting the offer.
"Both the Karans (Johar and Malhotra) came to me with the story of Brothers. I met them at the office and he told me what this movie is about and that they wanted me to play Jenny Fernandes. I was like, 'Why would they want me in the film?' I was a little apprehensive about taking on an intense role like this. You are playing a mother and there are too many stereotypes attached to that. So I was a little sceptical," she told DNA.
However, her "Kick" co-star Salman Khan convinced her to take up the role. The "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" actor advised her that it would help her explore (herself) and showcase her talent.
"I discussed it with Salman and he convinced me to say yes. He told me it would benefit me and that here was a chance for me to prove myself through performance and I should not worry about the glamour and styling taking it away. I thought if I could pull this off, it would be fantastic for me and my credentials as an actor. I pretty much owe it to Karan and Salman for believing that I could carry off the role."
Directed by Karan Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar, "Brothers" is the official remake of 2011 release Hollywood film "Warrior", which had Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in the main roles. The film revolves around two estranged brothers, who face each other in a martial arts tournament.
"Brothers" trailer received a humongous response from viewers, raising the curiosity quotient for the movie that hits screens on 14 August.