Fakhri at the Times Of India Film Awards, 2013
20 October 1979 |
Queens, New York, USA
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
Nargis Fakhri is an American model and actress, who appears in Hindi films. 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.
Fakhri was born in Queens, New York, the daughter of Marie and Mohammed Fakhri. Her father was Pakistani and her mother is Czech. Her parents divorced when she was six. Her father died when she was young.
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.
She starred opposite John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar's political thriller Madras Cafe (2013). 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 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. 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". 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.
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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|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"|
|2016||Saagasam||Herself||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Desi Girl"|
|2016||Housefull 3||Saraswati "Sarah" Patel||Hindi|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Rockstar||IIFA Awards||Hottest Pair (shared with Ranbir Kapoor)||Won|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|2014||Madras Cafe||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor in a Social/Drama Film - Female||Nominated|
|2015||Main Tera Hero||Stardust Awards||Breakthrough Supporting Performance - Female||Nominated|
|2015||Main Tera Hero||Life OK NOW Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Female||Won|
|2015||Bollywood Life Awards||Most Motivational Celeb on Social Media||Won|
|2015||Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards||Ciroc Not The Usual Award||Won|
|2016||Spy||MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight (with Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
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