B-Town actress Nargis Fakhri has become one of the most recognized beauties in the media industry. She may have debuted in Hollywood action-comedy Spy, but the young actress doesn't mind coming to Pakistan to connect with her roots.
"I am upset with my father for not teaching me Urdu," joked Nargis in an interview with BBC.
"It is such a beautiful language," added the star. After the death of her father, Nargis never got a chance to connect with her roots. "I have always had difficulty speaking in Urdu and always will because no one in my family or friends circle speaks it. But even though I may not speak it, I can understand it and I am glad to know I have learnt something."
The Mein Tera Hero star feels "unfortunate" to never have been able to travel to Pakistan. "I don’t know anybody there after my father's death because of which I never got the opportunity to go there," she said.
Although she is not sure about working in Pakistan's film industry, but if given the chance, this Bollywood beauty would love to come and gorge on the delicious Pakistani treats.
"I heard the food there is amazing and I’m a big foodie. I would definitely want to go there for a food journey maybe that will be a good thing," she said excitedly.
For this star - who lived in America and works in India - the feeling of being an 'outsider' is all too familiar. "I don’t really think I’ve belonged anywhere. Since the time that I grew up, I didn’t have a place where I belonged," said Nargis.
From the time she debuted in B-Town, she was labelled the 'Pakistani actress making her debut in Bollywood', after her Hollywood debut in Spy, tabloids labelled her the 'Bollywood actress making her debut in Hollywood'. However, she doesn't see any of this in a negative light.
"I look at it in a positive way," exclaims the actress. "I say, 'oh wow that’s so nice they finally accepted me as their own' and I’m happy to say yes, I’m a Bollywood actress and I’m now doing a Hollywood film, because I got my start there, it was a struggle, it still is, but it feels good that they said that."
While she feels good to finally be accepted, the feeling of home came when she worked on the sets of Spy.
"Yes. Even though I say I don’t belong anywhere and I have always felt like an outsider all my life, at the same time when you live for so many years overseas whether it’s India, or Greece, New Zealand, Thailand, etc, being born and raised in New York when you’re with your fellow people, there’s a certain feeling of ‘my people’. But of course, now that feeling of 'people' is the same with India. It is funny, because it just takes time to adjust."
But this feeling of 'my people' took time, she wasn't familiar with Bollywood, she was new to it and it was a struggle to find a place to fit among stars who had the advantage of the Bollywood legacy. "I have seen that it is tougher for ‘outsiders’. Those who do not have a legacy in Bollywood have to struggle a lot more, which is unfortunate because Bollywood has so much talent which should be recognised. But it’s not impossible, as you can see, I am an example."
While Bollywood is under scrutiny for changing the perception of women through item numbers, Nargis, who has done her share of item numbers, feels people ought to change their way of thinking.
"I think that item numbers are actually fun. I don’t know why they would be reflective of average women, for me, it’s really strange. But if there’s an issue then people need to change their perception," shared the actress.
She was recently spotted in London at the premiere of her film Spy. Dressed in an elegant red gown by Monisha Jaising paired with nude Louboutins, the actress looked like a vision.
She happily tweeted a picture from the event posing next to her co-stars.
Nargis plays the role of a villain in the film, and underwent special training for the knife-fighting sequence. Spy is set to release on June 19th 2015. The film also stars Hollywood actors Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, and Jude Law.
Here's the trailer of her film:
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