Friday, 19 September 2014

Nargis Fakhri

Nargis Fakhri (born 20 October 1979) is an American model and actress who works mainly in Hindi films or Bollywood. She has appeared on America's Next Top Model and made her acting debut with the 2011 film Rockstar. She gained further success for her roles in Madras Cafe (2013) and Main Tera Hero (2014).

Early life

Fakhri was born on 20 October 1979 in Queens, New York to a Pakistani father Mohammed Fakhri and a Czech mother Marie Fakhri. Her parents divorced when she was six or seven years old. Fakhri appeared on America's Next Top Model Cycles 2 and 3 in 2004. She posed for the 2009 Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar.

Acting career

In 2011, Fakhri made her Bollywood film debut playing the female lead in Imtiaz Ali's musical romantic drama Rockstar. The film was a commercial success, but Fakhri earned little praise for her performance. Film critic Taran Adarsh wrote, "Nargis is a stunner as far as looks are concerned, but isn't persuasive in poignant moments", however, he praised her on-screen chemistry with co-star Ranbir Kapoor. Fakhri at the Times Of India Film Awards (TOIFA), April 2013.

She starred opposite John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar's political thriller Madras Cafe (2013). The film was an average grosser at the box office, however the film and her performance earned positive reviews from critics. Film critic Saibal Chatterjee said Fakhri "strikes the right notes", whereas Rajeev Masand called her "pleasantly competent". Later that year, she made a special appearance in the action comedy Phata Poster Nikhla Hero to perform the item number "Dhating Naach" with the film's lead actor Shahid Kapoor. Taran Adarsh commented saying Fakhri "sizzles in the dance number, matching steps with Shahid".

Fakhri was next seen alongside Varun Dhawan and Ileana D'Cruz in David Dhawan's comedy Main Tera Hero (2014). The film was moderate success at the box office, though received mixed reviews from critics. For her performance in the film, Rohit Khilnani said that Fakhri "is not bad" and that "she fits well in this masala comedy and doesn't disappoint". Taran Adarsh however disagreed, and said though she "looks great", she needs to "polish her acting skills". Fakhri made her second film appearance of the year in Sajid Nadiawala's action thriller film, Kick. Appearing in the item number "Yaar Na Miley", Times Of India commented saying "dancing along with Salman Khan is the sizzling Nargis Fakhri who makes the proceedings hotter with her dance moves".

As of August 2014, Fakhri has completed work for her item number in Saahasam, a Tamil action comedy film alongside Prashanth and Tamannaah, and is currently shooting for Spy, an American action comedy film, which marks her Hollywood debut.

Other work

Fakhri sits on the Board of Advisors for the MindShare Ventures Group, a New York City-based company that dwells in several business areas, including fashion, tech, healthcare, commodities, real estate, and entertainment. She is the brand ambassador of Pakistan's network service Mobilink.

Galleries of Nargis Fakhri

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