Nargis Fakhri may make a bulk of her appearances in Hindi films but that does not make her any less a successful American actress as well as a model. She has slowly but surely increased her fan base and a number of people are therefore curious about the details of her life. We will discuss some of those details below.
Nargis Fakhri was born Nargis Mohammed Fahkri on the 20th of October 1979 in Queens and started to model when she was only 16 years old. Her father who is from Pakistan died when she was still quite young so at the age of 12, the young Nargis Fakhri had begun working as a waitress to support her family. She had initially wanted to become a teacher but chose to model for the opportunity it gave her to travel around the world. She, however, still got a B.A. with a Major in Fine Arts and a Minor in Psychology from Queens College, City University of New York.
In 2004 she became a contestant in the second and third cycle of America’s Next Top Model. She did not go too far, being selected for the first two challenges of both cycles but being unable to get to the third challenge for the contestants who made it to the top twelve. Despite that disappointment, she soon began modeling professionally in America. She worked for a number of freelance agencies and was a regular face at fashion shows. She soon appeared in a very popular Indian print campaign for Kingfisher Calendar’s 2009 edition and her fame shot up. It was this appearance that attracted Indian filmmaker Imtiaz Ali to her and she became his pick for a role in Rockstar a Hindi Romantic drama.
This was the start to Nargis Fakhri’s appearances in Hindi films. She has said that she agreed to work in India in order to relate to the culture and get closer to her roots, a sentiment which is easy to understand when one notes that Pakistan and India share the same culture. In Rockstar (2011) Nargis Fakhri acted the part of an aspiring musician who walks into international stardom from humble backgrounds after her lover passes on. Nargis Fakhri had a poor command of Hindi and so her voice had to be dubbed over by the voice of Mona Ghosh Shetty, a well-known voice artist. Her acting in the film received mixed reviews from critics although her looks were roundly praised. The film became one of the top-grossing Hindi films of 2011, reaching a gross revenue of ₹1.07 billion (US$16 million). Nargis Fakhri also went on to get a lot of Best Female Debut nominations at award ceremonies, one of which came from Filmfare.
After the movie’s massive success, a regular Hindi star was born. In 2013, the actress starred in Shoojit Sircar’s political thriller Madras Cafe. She did the dialoguing herself on the film as the director needed a girl who would speak with an English accent but look like an Indian. The film was received well and critics were more free with their praise about Nargis Fakhri’s acting. In Tera Hero (2014), Spy (2015) and Housefull 3 (2016), all comedies, Nargis Fakhri showed her acting chops further. Spy which was a Hollywood production was also one of the top-grossing productions of 2015 after it earned $235.7 million worldwide.
Nargis Fakhri was selected as a One Young World counselor in October 2017. She also has numerous projects in the works at various stages including a horror drama named Amaavas which she has committed to starring in with Sachiin Joshi and which will be directed by Bhushan Patel.
Nargis Fakhri’s Parents
Nargis Fakhri’s father was a businessman named Mohammed Fahkri and her mother Marie Fahkri was a police officer. The actress has revealed their rich history, telling those who have asked that her father moved to the United States from Pakistan to find greener pastures for his family and her mother was originally Czech. Unfortunately, the two divorced when she was six. They had another daughter before then, Nargis Fakhri’s younger sister Aliya. Their father died a few years after his divorce from their mother. Due to the mixed heritage that she got from her parents and the American nationality that was also thrown into the mix, Nargis Fakhri has been known to describe herself as a global citizen.
Boyfriend, Married, Husband
Nargis Fakhri is not married. In fact, if she is dating anyone now she is keeping it on the major down low. She had been dating actor Uday Chopra in 2016 but their relationship broke down after the actor proposed marriage. Nargis Fakhri turned down the proposal and went to the United States despite the fact that they were in the middle of promotions for Housefull. There had been fears that the actress had quit Bollywood after the entire situation but she was quick to assure fans that she was not going anywhere.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
Nargis Fakhri stands at a height of 175 cm or 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 55 kg or 121 lbs. The beautiful actress is very conscious about her body and face. In that vein, she has had a cosmetic surgery and has said that she has nothing against them as she knows that women need to look and feel delightful at any age.