Nargis Fakhri

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Nargis Fakhri
Nargis Fakhri walks for Ritu Kumar at LFW 2013 (3) (cropped 2).jpg
Fakhri at the Times Of India Film Awards, 2013
Born (1979-10-20) 20 October 1979 (age 35)
Queens, New York, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Model, Actress
Years active 2004–present

Nargis Fakhri (born 20 October 1979) is an American model and actress who works mainly in Bollywood films.[1] 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[2] to a Pakistani father Mohammed Fakhri and a Czech mother Marie Fakhri.[3][4] Her parents divorced when she was six or seven years old.[5]

Acting career

Fakhri made her Bollywood film debut playing the female lead in Imtiaz Ali's musical romantic drama Rockstar in 2011. 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.[6]

She starred opposite John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar's political thriller Madras Cafe (2013). Film critic Saibal Chatterjee said Fakhri "strikes the right notes",[7] whereas Rajeev Masand called her "pleasantly competent".[8] 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".[9]

In 2014, Fakhri appeared alongside Varun Dhawan and Ileana D'Cruz in David Dhawan's comedy Main Tera Hero. The film was a financial success, but received mixed reviews from critics.[10][11] 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".[12] Taran Adarsh however disagreed, and said though she "looks great", she needs to "polish her acting skills".[13] The same year, Fakhri performed with Salman Khan in the item number "Yaar Na Miley" which featured in the film Kick. In a review, The Times Of India stated that she "makes the proceedings hotter with her dance moves".[14]

As of December 2014, Fakhri is scheduled to appear in Paul Feig's action comedy Spy.[15]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2011 Rockstar Heer Kaul
2013 Madras Cafe Jaya Sahni
2013 Phata Poster Nikhla Hero Herself Special appearance in song "Dhating Naach"
2014 Main Tera Hero Ayesha
2014 Kick Herself Special appearance in song "Yaar Na Miley"
2015 Spy Film has yet to be released TBA Hollywood film[15]
TBA Saahasam Film has yet to be released TBA Tamil film
Special appearance in song "Kaarathil Kaarathil Chilli Iva"[15]

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Rockstar IIFA Awards Hottest Pair (shared with Ranbir Kapoor) Won[16]
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[17]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated[16]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[17]
2013 Madras Cafe BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Social/Drama Film - Female Nominated[18]
2014 Main Tera Hero Stardust Awards Breakthrough Supporting Performance - Female Nominated[19]


  1. ^ Upadhyay, Karishma (7 August 2012). "Pakistani actress Nargis Fakhri". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nargis Fakhri Rocks at 34". NDTV. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ ""Rock Star" To Decide Career Nargis Fakhri". 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Nargis Fakhri | Pakistani actresses in Bollywood". Hindustan Times. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  5. ^ The Film Street Journal - Where's Nargis Fakhri?(Article)
  6. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Rockstar". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Saibal Chatterjee (22 August 2013). "Madras Cafe movie review". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Rajeev Masand. "'Madras Cafe' review: The film meshes fact and fiction competently". IBN Live. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Taran Adarsh (20 September 2013). "Phata Poster Nikhla Hero". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Box Office: Bhoothnath Returns gets a decent opening". 14 April 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Mehta, Ankita (4 April 2014). "'Main Tera Hero' Reviews Roundup: Mindless but Entertaining". International Business Times. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Rohit Khilnani (4 April 2014). "Movie review: Main Tera Hero can be a decent DVD watch". India Today. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Taran Adarsh (4 April 2014). "Main Tera Hero". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "'Devil' song from 'Kick': Nargis Fakhri's hot item number". Times Of India. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c CR, Sharanya (1 August 2014). "Nargis Fakhri doesn’t mind to debut with item song". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Nargis Fakhri | Latest Celebrity Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Bahuguna, Ankush. "Nargis Fakhri". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Nominations for 4th Big STAR Entertainment Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2014". Bollywood Hungama. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 

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