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Nargis Fakhri
Nargis Fakhri walks for Ritu Kumar at LFW 2013 (3) (cropped 2).jpg
Fakhri at the TOIFA Awards in 2013
Born (1979-10-20) 20 October 1979 (age 36)
Queens, New York, USA
Nationality American
Ethnicity Pakistani, Czech[1][2]
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2004–present

Nargis Fakhri is an American model and actress, who appears in Hindi films.[3] Fakhri began her career as a model and appeared as a contestant in the The CW series America's Next Top Model.[4] She 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). She later appeared in the successful comedies Main Tera Hero (2014), Spy (2015), and Housefull 3 (2016), the second later of which was a Hollywood production.[5][6]

Early life

Fakhri was born in Queens, New York,[7] the daughter of Marie and Mohammed Fakhri. Her father was Pakistani and her mother is Czech.[8][2] Her parents divorced when she was six.[9] Her father died when she was young.[1]

Acting career

Fakhri made her Bollywood film debut playing the female lead in Imtiaz Ali's musical romantic drama Rockstar in 2011. She said that she accepted Indian film offers, so that she could "relate to her culture" and get "closer to her roots", Pakistan, as both the countries shares the same culture.[10] The film was a major box office success and received critical acclaim. 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.[11]

She starred opposite John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar's political thriller Madras Cafe (2013). Film critic Saibal Chatterjee said Fakhri "strikes the right notes",[12] whereas Rajeev Masand called her "pleasantly competent".[13] 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.[14][15] 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".[16] Taran Adarsh however disagreed, and said though she "looks great", she needs to "polish her acting skills".[17] 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.[6] Upon release, the film received critical acclaim, garnering Fakhri an MTV Movie Award nomination, and proved to be a major box-office success with an estimated earning of $235.7 million.[18]

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.[19][20][21] Her next film was the biogeographical sports drama Azhar (2016). Based on the life of Indian crickter Mohammad Azharuddin, Fakhri played the role of a real life actress, Azharuddin's (played by Emraan Hashmi) wife, Sangeeta Bijlani.[22] While the film received positive reviews from critics, but their reaction toward her performance was mixed.[23] Commercially the film underperformed at the box office.[24] She then took a supporting roles for the comedy Housefull 3.[25] Featuring an ensemble cast, including Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Lisa Haydon, her portrayal was of a rich brat, who lied to her father that her boyfriend is mute.[26] Housefull 3 emerged as one of top-grossing productions of the year, earning ₹169.63 crore (US$25 million) worldwide.[27] Also that year, she played a minor role as the girlfriend of star Saqib Saleem in the action comedy Dishoom.[28][29]

As of May 2016, Fakhri is filming for the romantic drama Banjo opposite Riteish Deshmukh.[30][31][32] In addition, she has committed to feature in her second Hollywood film, the romantic comedy 5 Weddings.[33][34][35]


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"
2016 Azhar Sangeeta Bijlani Hindi
2016 Housefull 3 Saraswati "Sarah" Patel Hindi
2016 Dishoom Samira Dalal Hindi Cameo appearance
2016 BanjoFilm has yet to be released Christina (Chris) Hindi Post-production[31]
2017 5 WeddingsFilm has yet to be released Shania Dhaliwal English Filming[36][37]

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Rockstar IIFA Awards Hottest Pair (shared with Ranbir Kapoor) Won[38]
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[39]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated[38]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated[39]
2014 Madras Cafe BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Social/Drama Film - Female Nominated[40]
2015 Main Tera Hero Stardust Awards Breakthrough Supporting Performance - Female Nominated[41]
2015 Main Tera Hero Life OK NOW Awards Best Supporting Actor - Female Won[42]
2015 Bollywood Life Awards Most Motivational Celeb on Social Media Won[43]
2015 Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards Ciroc Not The Usual Award Won[44]
2016 Spy MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (with Melissa McCarthy Nominated[45]


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  12. ^ Saibal Chatterjee (22 August 2013). "Madras Cafe movie review". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
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  23. ^ "Second song of Azhar 'Itni si baat hain' will stir your heart's chords". The Times of India. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  24. ^ "Azhar Business Update". Box Office India. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  25. ^ "'Housefull 3' promises to be more fun". The Times of India (22 April 2016)
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  27. ^ "Housefull 3 box office collections: Akshay Kumar's movie grosses Rs. 100 crore worldwide in mere three days". The Indian Express. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  28. ^ "Nargis Fakhri to do cameo in John Abraham's 'Dishoom'". The Indian Express. 25 October 2015. 
  29. ^ "Nargis Fakhri to do cameo in 'Dishoom'". The Times of India. 
  30. ^ Kaushal, Ruchi (9 August 2016). "'Banjo' Trailer: Riteish Deshmukh enthrals and Nargis Fakhri adds oomph". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
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