Actress Nargis Fakhri poses at the launch of HCL Infosystems' U1 Tablets. (PTI)
Nargis Fakhri made her Bollywood debut with Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor in 2011. Fakhri first appeared on America's Next Top Model Cycles 2 and 3 in 2004. She also posed for the 2009 Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar.
Rockstar, the film was appreciated but Nargis Fakhri's acting skills were questioned. Film critic Rajeev Masand said, "Nargis Fakhri is lovely to look at, but offers very little in terms of acting".
Nargis Fakhri said that she has taken the criticisms in her stride. She told CNN-IBN in an interview that she’ll take classes if she thinks its necessary. She also added that her greatest achievement was when people told her they cried with her and connected with her.
Critics badger her no end, one of them even dismissed her as a “porn star”. But Imtiaz Ali supported her by saying, “I’m as happy with Nargis as I am with Ranbir. Recall the scene in the balcony when she tells Jordan that she is dying. I can’t see any other actor doing it so well. Then there’s the one where they hug and she tells him to hold her properly. She’s awesome. There were never any second thoughts about her.”
Imtiaz Ali also said that Nargis comes from a different culture and country (she was born in Queens, New York, to a Pakistani father and Czech mother) it would take a while for the desi audience to warm up to her.
“Even Waheeda Rehman, who today is considered the goddess of beauty, was dismissed as a Goan maid after Pyaasa (1957)", he added.
Fakhri is currently signed on for a three film contract with Akshay Kumar's Hari Om Productions. It has been reported that Fakhri has been dropped from Akshay Kumar's Khiladi 786 as she was too pretty to play Mithun Chakraborty's sister in the film.
Born on: 20 October, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Place of birth: Queens, New York, U.S.
Family: Nargis Fakhri was born to a Czech mother and a Pakistani father. Her parents divorced each other when she was barely seven years old.
Personal life: Nargis Fakhri was linked to her co-star Ranbir Kapoor and even Shahid Kapoor.
2011 - Rockstar
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"While my profession is modeling, acting happened to me by chance. But I enjoy both of them".
"Now I am single and enjoying my life to its fullest".
"Criticism inspires me to give the best. It always works for me as motivation".
"Im like the new girl in school who's picked on".
"I don't think that an Indian boy could handle me".
"For me, food is sexy"
"Be a chef and run a little bed breakfast".