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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 36)
Queens, New York, USA
Nationality American
Ethnicity Pakistani, Czech
Occupation Model, Actress
Years active 2004–present
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)

Nargis Fakhri is an American model and actress, who appears in Hindi films.[1] Born in Queens, New York to Pakistani father and Czech mother, she started her career as a fashion model and appeared in The CW series America's Next Top Model. Although a successful model, she left it to pursue a career in acting. Fakhri made her acting debut in the 2011 romantic drama Rockstar, for which she received a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut nomination. She received praise for starring as a war correspondent in the political thriller Madras Cafe (2013) and as a real life actress in the sports drama Azhar (2015). She later appeared in the successful comedies Main Tera Hero (2014), Spy (2015), and Housefull 3 (2016). The second of these garnered her an MTV Movie Award nomination.

Early life

Fakhri was born in Queens, New York,[2] the daughter of Marie and Mohammed Fakhri. Her father was Pakistani and her mother is Czech.[3][4] Her parents divorced when she was six.[5][5] Her father died when she was young.[6]

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.[7]

She starred opposite John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar's political thriller Madras Cafe (2013). Film critic Saibal Chatterjee said Fakhri "strikes the right notes",[8] whereas Rajeev Masand called her "pleasantly competent".[9] Later that year, she made a special appearance in the action comedy Phata Poster Nikhla Hero to perform in the item number "Dhating Naach" with the film's lead actor Shahid Kapoor.

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 Naa Miley" in the film Kick. She then played a brief role in Paul Feig's action comedy Spy (2015), her first Hollywood film.[14]

In 2016, Fakhri made a special appearance in the Tamil film Saagasam to perform in the item number "Desi Girl" with the film's lead actor Prashanth. As of May 2016, Fakhri has completed work on three projects. The first is the biographical sports drama Azhar based on the life of Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin. Fakhri will be playing former actress Sangeeta Bijlani, the second wife of Azharuddin, who will be played by Emraan Hashmi. She will also star opposite Abhishek Bachchan in the comedy film Housefull 3, which also stars Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Lisa Haydon. She will also feature in the romantic drama Banjo opposite Riteish Deshmukh. All three of these films are set to release in 2016.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2011 Rockstar Heer Kaul Hindi
2013 Madras Cafe Jaya Sahni Hindi
2013 Phata Poster Nikhla Hero Herself Hindi Special appearance in song "Dhating Naach"
2014 Main Tera Hero Ayesha Saigal Hindi
2014 Kick Herself Hindi Special appearance in song "Yaar Na Miley"
2015 Spy Lia English
2016 Saagasam Herself Tamil Special appearance in song "Desi Girl"[15][16][17]
2016 Azhar Sangeeta Bijlani Hindi
2016 Housefull 3 Saraswati "Sarah" Patel Hindi
2016 DishoomFilm has yet to be released[18][19] TBA Hindi Cameo, Post-production
2016 BanjoFilm has yet to be released Christina (Chris) Hindi Post-production

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Rockstar IIFA Awards Hottest Pair (shared with Ranbir Kapoor) Won[20]
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[21]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated[20]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[21]
2014 Madras Cafe BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Social/Drama Film - Female Nominated[22]
2015 Main Tera Hero Stardust Awards Breakthrough Supporting Performance - Female Nominated[23]
2015 Main Tera Hero Life OK NOW Awards Best Supporting Actor - Female Won[24]
2015 Bollywood Life Awards Most Motivational Celeb on Social Media Won[25]
2015 Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards Ciroc Not The Usual Award Won[26]
2016 Spy MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (with Melissa McCarthy Nominated[27]


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  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. ^ a b "Nargis Fakhri Rocks at 34". Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  6. ^ "I would love to go to Pakistan on a food journey: Nargis Fakhri". The Express Tribune. 2 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Rockstar". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Saibal Chatterjee (22 August 2013). "Madras Cafe movie review". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Rajeev Masand. "'Madras Cafe' review: The film meshes fact and fiction competently". CNN-IBN. 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. ^ CR, Sharanya (1 August 2014). "Nargis Fakhri doesn’t mind to debut with item song". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nargis Fakhri to shake a leg in Prashanth’s comeback film". The Times of India. 
  16. ^ "Nargis Fakhri shoots item song for `Saahasam`". Sify. 
  17. ^ "Actor Prashanth convinced Nargis Fakhri to make south debut". Deccan Chronicle. 
  18. ^ "Nargis Fakhri to do cameo in John Abraham’s ‘Dishoom’". The Indian Express. 25 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Nargis Fakhri to do cameo in 'Dishoom'". The Times of India. 
  20. ^ a b "Nargis Fakhri | Latest Celebrity Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Bahuguna, Ankush. "Nargis Fakhri". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Nominations for 4th Big STAR Entertainment Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  23. ^ "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2014". Bollywood Hungama. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "Life OK NOW Awards 31st May 2014 – Winners and Event’s Snapshot - TellyReviews". TellyReviews. 
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  27. ^ Bell, Crystal (8 March 2016). "Here Are Your 2016 MTV Movie Awards Nominees". MTV News. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 

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