After her much-talked about debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar last week, American model Nargis Fakhri has decided to move base to Mumbai. Moving from New York, the newbie wants to take her film career more seriously.
“I would like to stay back. Nothing in life is permanent, but for now, it’s a yes to this city,” says Nargis, adding that her modelling days are behind her.
“Apparently, I’m no longer referred to as a model. And it doesn’t make sense to continue either. I enjoy this newfound craft and would like to see where I can go with it. I’m very excited.”
Ask her about the kind of feedback she’s received for Rockstar and the debutante says, “I don’t want to read too much into it, but the reactions have been great. I look at the negative comments too in a positive light. What one person may say as criticism may be what someone else really liked. And from that, I can learn to be much better.”
Nargis does, however, acknowledge that for a New York born and bred, half-Pakistani, half-Czech girl, Bollywood was a brave choice: “Acting was an accident. I was contacted and asked to meet the director (Imtiaz Ali), and I agreed because he was coming to Europe, where I was at that time. I heard the script and fell in love with it.”
What followed, though, was one of the toughest phases of her life.
“I left everything behind. I had no family or friends here. I worked 10 hours a day, Monday through Sunday. There were all sorts of exercises in language and dance, and so many things about it were very difficult. Imagine being in a strange country and learning a new craft; being brought into a space that you know nothing about. It’s very scary,” reminisces Nargis, who even broke down on the sets of the song Hava Hava… as she was overwhelmed by the chaos, while trying to learn her steps quickly.
Post Rockstar, Nargis hasn’t signed any more films, but admits to receiving plenty of offers.
“There are a lot of things going on, but I have a team handling them. I haven’t committed to anything yet,” she says, adding that she’d love to explore martial arts and action in her upcoming roles.
She’s also become a favourite with brands, who’ve been lining up to sign her as their ambassador. And Nargis has already confirmed three deals – the latest with Van Heusen Woman. The interest in her has sparked off comparisons with more established contemporaries like Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor, who were apparently being considered for the same endorsement deals.
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