"After working in two films with Riteish, I was expecting that to happen. I wasn't surprised at all because such stories will come and really, everyone goes through it. However, don't people realise that such stories start rolling out right before the release of every film. Everyone with even limited brains would know that you are only putting two and two together. What is even funnier is that three months after the release of the film, the same people would be in tearing hurry to break your relationship. Because the two actors don't meet as regularly as before once the film has been released, stories start floating around cold vibes between the two", says a visibly irritated Jackie who is not quite willing to smile it all away anymore.
She lightens up though when told that all of this only adds to the entertainment value for few who look forward to their weekly dose of celebrity gossip.
"Entertaining? For sure, why not? But come on now, there has to be some limit to far fetched imaginations", she cools down after an earlier bout of outburst, "For work you are bound to be seen together all the time. Because you are spending an entire day with someone, you do grab lunch together. But something as simple like this makes people exclaim - 'Oh my God, they are wining and dining together'."
She adds animatedly, "Think about it, just because you are in glamour business doesn't mean that there should be prying eyes all around you. A relationship between colleagues is so normal in every other profession. Even if you are an accountant, you will go out with your colleague and have lunch. However, you are not necessarily linked each time around, do you?"
Well, so where does the relationship status of Riteish and Jackie stand today? "We are good friends", comes her reply pronto, "With Riteish, it is like working with a buddy. We hang out and it makes a hell sort of difference. It is quite comfortable with him, you know. You can act much better and not worry too much about what your co-star is thinking. The familiarity factor comes in handy because you say to yourself - 'Ok, so it's cool because I have worked with him before'. I am at ease with him, both on and off the sets."
We have heard that before but this time around, we are willing to be on Jackie's side!