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Nargis Fakhri
Also known as: Nargis
Actor • Special Appearances
Born: October 20, 1979 in Queens, New York, United States
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Born on 28th October 1979, Nargis Fakhri is an American actress and model, who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. She made her Bollywood debut with Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor in 2011. A former participant of America's Next Top Model in 2004, Fakhri was also seen doing a supporting role in the Hollywood film Spy. In 2009, Nargis also featured in the Kingfisher swimsuit calendar.

Early Life
Nargis Fakhri was born in Queens, New York, USA to a Pakistani father Mohammed A. Fakhri and a Czech mother Marie A. Fakhri. Her Parents divorced when she was just six, and after a few years, her father also passed away. She has a younger sister, Aliya Fakhri, who she is very close to.

Personal Life
Fakhri is often linked up with Yash Raj Fim's CEO and Bollywood actor, Uday Chopra, but they have neither accepted nor denied the existence of their relationship.

Acting Career
In 2011, she made her Bollywood debut with Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar alongside Ranbir Kapoor. Nargis Fakhri played the role of Heer, a fun- loving and outgoing girl who is the undisputed diva of the college campus and has broken many hearts. For her part in the film, Rajeev Masand wrote, "Nargis Fakhri is lovely to look at, but offers very little in terms of acting, reducing her character ultimately to a simpering-whimpering victim". Rockstar was a huge hit, and both Nargis and Ranbir were awarded the coveted IIFA Hottest Pair of the Year Award, at the 13th IIFA award ceremony.

She then starred opposite John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar's political thriller Madras Cafe (2013). The movie was a box office success, and Fakhri essayed the role of Jaya, a war correspondent. About her role in the movie, film critic Taran Adarsh noted, "Nargis Fakhri gets another stellar role [of a war correspondent] and I must add, she takes rapid strides as an actor." Post Madras Cafe, Fakhri appeared along with Varun Dhawan and Ileana D'Cruz in a rom-com, Mai Tera Hero, directed by David Dhawan in 2014. The movie received a lukewarm response at the box office and failed to create any real impact.

Fakhri made her Hollywood debut in 2015, with the movie Spy, alongside big names such as Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, and Jude Law.

In 2016, Nargis Fakhri was seen in Azhar, a movie inspired by the life events of the former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mohammad Azharuddin, which had Emraan Hashmi playing the titular role. Recently, she starred in Housefull 3 opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The movie also starred Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Riteish Deshmukh and Lisa Haydon in pivotal roles. Her 2019 release includes Amavas.
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Ranbir Kapoor
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Family
Marie Fakhri
Mother
Mohammed A. Fakhri
Father
Aliya Fakhri
Sister
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Did You Know? (2)

  • Fakhri was the first girl to be brought back twice on America's Next Top Model (2003) and also the first girl of Pakistani descent in the history of America's Next Top Model (2003).
  • Diana Penty was initially offered the role of Nargis Fakhri in the movie Rockstar (2011). However, she had to turn down the offer owing to her modelling commitments.
  • Personal Quotes (8)

  • "At the end of the day, the one commonality that both Hindi cinema and Hollywood share is that they are full of talented and inspirational people. Outside of this, there are many differences, from the scheduling and rehearsal to promotion and directing techniques."
  • "I know I'm not the consummate Bollywood heroine. But I'm working hard on it."
  • "In Bollywood, they like to put us in short clothes. And I am very shy; I don't like wearing revealing stuff, though my image is such. Unfortunately, it's a body-obsessed industry."
  • "I miss having my mom and close friends around. Thank God for Skype and Face-Time, which keep me connected... but interacting digitally can't come close to the feeling of being hugged by my mom or getting together for a meal with my friends on the same table."
  • "Cosmetic surgery is made for people who suffer trauma."
  • "I have this board in my house that lists out all the things that I love about myself. It's a board of affirmations, and it serves me well."
  • "As a child, I did watch some Hindi movies at home with Dad, but I didn't know who anyone was. I wasn't interested, honestly."
  • "It took me just three months to pick up Hindi. I guess I'm a fast learner when it comes to languages."
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