NEW DELHI: For Nargis Fakhri, there really is no shortcut to fame and success. At a time when infamy has become part of show business, the Bollywood beauty says she still panders to the “romantic notion that skill and hard work are more important than notoriety.”
When asked about whether the Hindi film industry gives extra attention to actors who have worked in Hollywood, Nargis said the statement “doesn’t ring true” for her. “I came here with no background or Hollywood credits so it certainly doesn’t ring true for me. I think occasionally, fame and popularity can garner more attention for individuals or films,” the actor told IANS. “But as a person who believes in her craft, I like the romantic notion that skill and hard work are more important that notoriety. As the money-focused industry that Bollywood is, I also appreciate that there is a balance and we’re all part of that.”
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Over the past few years, renowned Bollywood names like Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan have gone to foreign shores, breaking stereotypical notions regarding Indians with the roles they choose. Nargis however – who was born to a multi-cultural family and raised in New York – believes the progress to breakdown stereotypes always starts with one person. “I am so proud of Priyanka to be a shining example of Bollywood’s talent and merit,” said the 36-year-old actor. “Stereotyping of any race or culture is narrow-minded and I can’t wait to help break the shackles.” Nargis took her first steps towards the world of glamour as a model back in 2005. After her Bollywood debut in 2011’s Rockstar, she went on to do a variety of films like Mein Tera Hero and Madras Café. She also starred in the 2015 Hollywood action-comedy Spy. Nargis will next be seen opposite Riteish Deshmukh in Banjo and Housefull 3.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2016.
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