Don’t be fooled by that hot face and gen­tle de­meanour... Nar­gis Fakhri means busi­ness, and she cer­tainly won’t let loose opin­ions come in her way!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - COSMO INTERVIEW - By Priyam Chaturvedi; Pho­to­graphs by Suresh Natara­jan

"People kept telling me.' You can't do this.' You shouldn't be so hon­est that it in­stilled a fear in me!"

The aver­age Bol­ly­wood celebrity is at least one of the fol­low­ing things—ret­i­cent, re­served and al­ways on guard. Now turn all those char­ac­ter­is­tics on their head and you’ll get an idea of what Nar­gis Fakhri is like. A New Yorker by birth, Nar­gis is equal parts funny and spir­ited, and if there was an award cat­e­gory for Most En­thu­si­as­tic Talker in Bol­ly­wood, the 5”9’ model-turned-ac­tor would prob­a­bly win with­out a fight.

While her first out­ing to the movies didn’t do her a lot of good (she made her de­but in Im­tiaz Ali’s Rock­star, op­po­site Ranbir Kapoor), her re­cent ap­pear­ance on the na­tion­ally broad­cast show Kof­fee With Karan shoved her in the lime­light for all the right rea­sons. “I think [be­fore the show], they didn’t know any­thing about me. They just thought I was a dumb, pretty face, and a for­eigner who can’t act and doesn’t have a per­son­al­ity. I’m glad I got to show them that there is more to me than good looks!”

When I call her up for this in­ter­view, I hope I get to speak with the same Nar­gis who oozed con­fi­dence on that re­cent KWK episode. I was not to be dis­ap­pointed. “You know what,” she says in her lightly ac­cented voice, “I still feel like an out­sider, but not as bad as I used to in the be­gin­ning. I re­mem­ber people kept telling me, ‘No, you can’t do this’, ‘You can’t dress up like that’, ‘You shouldn’t be so hon­est’, that it in­stilled this fear in­side me. I started be­com­ing afraid of my own per­son­al­ity—wor­ried that people would not ac­cept me here and that called for a lot of anx­i­ety and pres­sure for a while.” So what changed things around for her, then? “I re­alised I’m here for a rea­son, and ev­ery­one gives ad­vice based on their ex­pe­ri­ence, but no-one has lived my life. So you know what, ev­ery­one can go eff them­selves! People aren’t there for me when I cry or when I’m de­pressed. They’re not pay­ing my bills and nei­ther are they help­ing me take care of my fam­ily. So they shouldn’t have a say in what I do and I shouldn’t care about what they say.”

Cur­rently in the mid­dle of pro­mot­ing her next movie, Main Tera Hero, with Varun Dhawan and Ileana D’Cruz, Nar­gis con­fesses this is the first time she’s felt like a movie star! “All through Rock­star, I was kept un­der wraps, so I didn’t re­alise what was hap­pen­ing around me. But re­cently, we were at a pro­mo­tion, and about 20,000 people had come there just to see

us! I was so ex­cited!”

Amidst all the star­dom that now re­volves around her, Nar­gis re­veals that her per­sonal and fam­ily life has taken a back seat! “Cur­rently, work is so overwhelming, that I don’t get to do the things that I truly love—like cook­ing a meal, or even iron­ing clothes! I re­ally like iron­ing, it’s ac­tu­ally very in­ter­est­ing!” What about her per­sonal life? Es­pe­cially in re­gards to a Mr Cho­pra! With just a hint of an­noy­ance in her voice, Nar­gis tells me she just can’t un­der­stand what all the fuss is about. “Ap­par­ently, celebri­ties are not sup­posed to be dat­ing any­one... they’re sup­posed to be ob­sti­nate, celi­bate, sin­gle, in­tro­vert people,” she says, with no at­tempt to mask the sar­casm. “In In­dia, they make such a big deal that people can’t date other people. I’ve lived in Amer­ica... I’ve had a lot of boyfriends and I’ve had the ex­pe­ri­ence of know­ing people, lov­ing some­body and hav­ing some­one who loves you.” “When I first came here, I was like, ‘What­ever, I don’t care’, and ev­ery­one made such a big deal out of it. I was linked to prac­ti­cally ev­ery­one, and I was like the new girl on the block get­ting kicked around and bul­lied”. She continues, “Now, even if I was dat­ing some­one, be­cause of ev­ery­thing that I went through, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t want to dis­close the in­for­ma­tion. Not nec­es­sar­ily be­cause of me, but be­cause I re­alise that there’s an­other per­son in­volved in the sit­u­a­tion, and maybe he doesn’t want to be a part of the whole fi­asco!”

Metal­lic cut-out top, Ro­hit Gandhi+Rahul Khanna; satin pen­cil skirt, Ar­man Ai­man; shoes, same as above; Spirit bracelets, both Louis Vuit­ton

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