I AM GRATE­FUL TO IMTIAZ ALI: NARGIS

Nargis Fakhri, who de­buted with Imtiaz’s film Rock­star on this day, six years ago, says she never wanted to be an ac­tor

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Act­ing was never on her mind, but when an “amaz­ing writer and di­rec­tor” Imtiaz Ali ap­proached Nargis Fakhri with the script of Rock­star, she just couldn’t say no to it. The 38-year-old ac­tor, who made her de­but in the ro­man­tic drama op­po­site ac­tor Ran­bir Kapoor, said yes to the project also be­cause she wanted to learn more about her par­ents’ cul­ture. “When I de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in this project, my only thoughts were that of a new ad­ven­ture to ex­plore a new coun­try and to get to know my dad’s cul­ture and my mom’s cul­ture. Since Rock­star was shot in North­ern In­dia (Nargis’ fa­ther is from Pak­istan) and in Czech Repub­lic (Nargis’ mother is Czech) I was very ex­cited about that,” says Nargis. “Shoot­ing for the film was a tu­mul­tuous jour­ney which changed my life in more ways than one. I am for­ever grate­ful to Imtiaz for choos­ing me to be a part of this beau­ti­ful project. By his choice, he changed my life and the lives of peo­ple around me. He even saved a life, which one day I may share with him,” adds the ac­tor. Since then, over a course of six years, Nargis has done sev­eral Bol­ly­wood films such as Madras Cafe (2013) and House­full 3 (2016). Yet, her de­but will al­ways be spe­cial as it helped her sus­tain her­self in the pro­fes­sion. “I was not an ac­tress be­fore Rock­star and I never in­tended to be one. When Rock­star was nar­rated, I fell in love with the story. It touched my heart and soul. When I heard the film was do­ing well, my re­ac­tion was hap­pi­ness for the di­rec­tor and ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated in creat­ing this film. I did not an­tic­i­pate or ex­pect any­thing. I lived a very no­madic life­style and did not ex­pect to even stay in In­dia af­ter this film. I fig­ured I’d be off to my next ad­ven­ture and new place soon enough,” she says. “Never re­gret, if it’s good, that’s won­der­ful. If it’s bad, it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence,” she adds. Her re­la­tion­ships with the di­rec­tor and her co-star lasted only till the film’s shoot. “I have not spo­ken to any­one af­ter the re­lease of Rock­star. I didn’t re­alise that re­la­tion­ships on film sets usu­ally just last dur­ing the course of the film shoot,” she says.

PHOTO: AN­GELA WEISS/AFP PHOTO

Nargis Fakhri says she fell in love with the story of Rock­star, which starred Ran­bir Kapoor

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