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Bollywood's next sizzler

She's half Sri Lankan and half-Malaysian and she's all set to sizzle as Bollywood's next bright flame.

Jacqueline Fernandez, 24, will make her debut in a glamorous remake of the famous Arabian nights' classic Aladin and The Mystery Of The Lamp.

She will play the role of Jasmine, the love interest of Aladin, played by multi-talented heartthrob Riteish Deshmukh.

Aladin and The Mystery Of The Lamp, directed by Sujoy Ghosh will also star Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt. It will be reelased in theatres in India on Friday.

Amitabh will don the role of a modern day genie in the movie while Sanjay Dutt will be the evil 'Ring Master'.

Jacqueline's father Elroy and her Malaysian mother Kim moved to Bahrain when Siri Lanka was embroiled in civil war.

She studied in Bahrain and later went to Sydney to study Media Communications on scholarship.

After winning the Miss Sri Lanka title in 2006, Jacqueline anchored a business show in Sri Lanka and wrote a newspaper column and modelled.

According to a report in Jacqueline was a regular at drama and took active part in sports and other extra curricular activities in her school days.

It said Aladin might be her first movie in Bollywood but she is no stranger to facing the camera as she has starred and anchored television shows in Sri Lanka and Bahrain.

Meanwhile, the Press Trust of India has quoted Jacqueline as saying that her role in Aladin as "a fairy-tale come true".

But she said the idea of sharing screen with Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was "intimidating and scary".

"I have grown up on Amitabh Bachchan's films and my father is a huge fan. But working with Big B in my very first film?

"The thought was intimidating, scary and to be honest I was little bit hesitant initially," she was quoted as saying.

Jacqueline's fear however, vanished after meeting Bachchan on the sets.

"He is a perfect gentleman with an amazing sense of humour. It was my first movie and I was nervous but I became confident after working with Big B.

"He made everything so easy," she says adding that she sought her father's advice before saying yes to the project.

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