From being able to stay grounded in the Indian film industry to realising that people who act like your freinds are not really your friends, actress Nargis Fakhri talks about her journey from New York to Bollywood.
Modelling or acting? Which have you enjoyed doing more?
I guess modelling, as that gives you the freedom of anonymity.
Were you always keen to get into showbiz?
Not at all. I was studying psychology and fine arts. Getting into acting was purely by chance.
How fond are you of photography?
I wasn’t into it earlier, but now, because of my profession, I’m getting interested. And yes, I am learning all about taking that perfect selfie!
Your favourite place in India is...
Unfortunately, I haven’t travelled much in India. But while shooting for Madras Cafe, we stayed at the Athirapally Falls, which was a beautiful place.
A fictional character you would have loved to play.
I would have loved to play Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia series.
The best thing about working with Ranbir Kapoor was...
He is an absolutely chilled-out regular guy and a really good actor too.
If you woke up one day and found you had turned into a man, how would you react?
I would say ‘Thank you, God, for answering my prayers!’
Romance or comedy? What do you enjoy more?
I would love to do comedy, but in English.
Define your style.
I like variety. In fact, edgy street wear is what I prefer the most.
A style or an outfit that you were either criticised or praised for a lot.
A see-through dress I wore for an awards night was praised a lot.
Who do you think is a good dancer in Bollywood?
I remember seeing Rekhaji dance on the song Dil Cheez Kya Hai from the film Umrao Jaan (1981) and I was totally mesmerised by it.
Your favourite dance number.
Bang Bang from the movie Bang Bang.
The biggest risk you took.
Agreeing to leave my family and job in New York and come to India to act in Rockstar. The decision has helped me grow spiritually.
A piece of advice you wish someone had given you ten years ago.
A lesson on how human beings can be quite hurtful, and how something like that shouldn’t leave any bitterness in your heart.
What can you live in?
My own skin.
Your favourite dance style.
Hip-hop and break dancing.
A song that describes your current state of mind.
Louis Armstrong’s Nobody Knows The Troubles I’ve Seen.
Your dream destination.
I want to go on a backpacking tour to South America.
A dessert you really enjoyed.
Gajar ka halwa. I had so much of it when I first came to India and had to bear the consequences too.
Three skincare products you can’t do without.
A heavy-duty moisturiser, a bronzer and a lip gloss.
What’s on your bedside table?
My tarot cards, a Himalayan salt lamp and my crystals.
The last line of your autobiography would read?
“And that’s how she took over the world.”