Chandigarh may have finally gotten its very own, full-fledged bowling arena, but what was the actual reason that made the city’s media, and men, go gaga at Elante on Tuesday? The answer you’re looking for is, two-film-old Bollywood actor Nargis Fakhri.
The brand ambassador for bluO, Nargis paid a brief visit to the city on Tuesday, leaving shutterbugs happy with snapshots of her playing with colourful bowling balls at the venue.
After being told of her time limitation, we get straight down to business.Seen previously in Imitiaz Ali’s Rockstar and Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café, Fakhri discloses that her upcoming projects are David Dhawan’s Main Tera Hero and the remake of Basu Chatterjee’s Shaukeen. "Main Tera Hero is going to be a typical David Dhawan film. The cast also includes actors Varun Dhawan and Ileana D’Cruz. It’s a great film, and a completely different genre from what I have been doing so far.
Shaukeen, opposite actor Akshay Kumar, is a fun remake of the 1982 film.”
Given the variety of characters she’s looking at, what does she keep in mind while choosing her films? “I’m a Libran. People like me can’t stick to one thing, be it a genre or a role. Let’s say we prefer the buffet system. I like to experiment with as many genres as possible. India is the only country I’ve stayed so long in. Otherwise, I keep travelling. I can’t pick a particular type of role and call it my favourite.
And, acting is the only job in the world that allows you to play so many varied characters. Why would I want to stick to a particular genre when I can do so much more?”
Going back to her love for travelling, she says, “I think I’m the luckiest person in the world that I get to travel so much because of work. How cool is that?!”
Back to films, we’re keen to know if she prefers commercial over parallel cinema, or vice-versa. “I don’t discriminate between films. I’m open to all sorts of films. Be it commercial or off-beat cinema. But, I think realistic films are not as difficult to make as these comedy, over-the-top films,” says she.
Almost getting used to that lustrous American accent, we ask her how she deals with the industry’s expectations of speaking in Hindi? “It’s OK. It’s like if some day you land up in China, all of a sudden people expect you to speak Chinese; it’s obviously quite difficult. Everyone speaks English here.
When I ask my manager to talk to me in Hindi, after a few Hindi sentences even she reverts to English. Reading and writing a new language is easier than emoting in it.”
While we are asked to stop shooting questions, here are some random jewels thrown at her, nevertheless:
How important are bold scenes? “What is bold for you might not be bold for me. It all depends on the requirement of script and the character.”
Her message for girls? “You mean, a general message? OK! Learn to love yourself. Don’t listen to the society. Do what your heart says. We tend to focus on pleasing others. Instead, learn to please yourself!”