After several months of speculation about the female protagonist of action thriller Kick 2, the makers have finally announced that Jacqueline Fernandez will return in the sequel of her movie Kick, a 2014 action-comedy film directed and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Earlier reports had said that Miss World Manushi Chhillar would be cast opposite Salman Khan in the film. But it seems that Jacqueline was adamant to play this role despite the prevalent trend of casting new leading ladies in Bollywood sequels. According to sources, Jacqueline recommended herself to Sajid via Salman Khan and therefore the idea of casting any other heroine was dismissed.
Producer-director Sajid Nadiadwala was eager to cast Miss World Manushi Chhillar, as per reports, as the beauty queen is currently looking for a good Bollywood debut film, but Jacqueline was bent on being the heroine in Kick 2. Even before this announcement, the actress had been positive that the role was hers as she had spoken about the film, during an event in June 2019, “He (Sajid) is working on the script consistently for some time now. Knowing him, he is a perfectionist, he won't come to us without a perfect blockbuster script. We are giving him all the time and space for that."
Kick was the official remake of a 2009 Telugu film of the same name. Its screenplay was adapted for Hindi film audiences by Chetan Bhagat and Sajid Nadiadwala. Apart from Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandes, the movie had a big cast, including names like Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mithun Chakraborty and others. Salman Khan played a thief ‘Devil’ while Jacqueline played the role of a psychiatrist. The film generally received positive reviews and high ratings for entertainment value, and was a blockbuster at the box office. An official game based on the movie was also released. The movie’s sequel, Kick 2, is slated for release on 25th December 2019.