Nargis Fakhri is considered one of the most beautiful women in Bollywood and she’s loved by many, however, the actor is still striving to earn her foothold in the industry.
Talking to Filmfare about her Housefull 3 performance, she shares, “It’s good that people liked me. In Bollywood, they like to put us in short clothes. And I am very shy, I don’t like wearing revealing stuff though my image is such.”
“Unfortunately, it’s a body-obsessed industry. You want to see someone like me shaking and dancing,” she laughs.
Not having worked in substantial films, with the exception of Rockstar, in her career thus far, the actor refuses to let that bring her down. “It has been a tumultuous journey no doubt. But I feel blessed to have got work. Many have to go through rigorous struggle. I have what you call a bit of kismet,” she smiles. “It’s tougher because I’m alone here.
She explains, “I had to struggle with the language. I can understand Hindi now but I still can’t communicate. And, things get lost in translation, I feel rejected all the time. I feel like an alien. I feel people don’t like me. People behaved strangely after Rockstar.”
And she received much flak for being an outsider.
“I was at the receiving end of much criticism. It’s difficult to make it if you’re not born or raised here. It’s tough coming from another place because things work differently here. But I kept reminding myself that things would get better, not worse,” she shares.
“I’m ambitious but for other things,” says Nargis stating that she balances her work and life. “I have a home and a life. I balance work with my regular life. As long as people hire me, I must be doing something right. If they stop hiring me, I won’t come here anymore.”
She reveals that she’s not embarrassed to do other line of work as long as she can get by. “I can do anything else. I can be anything I want to be. In my country any job is fine, no one is going to judge me. As long as I can pay my bills, afford my meals and have a home.”
However, she shares that she feels alone in Bollywood as she has yet to make any friends.
“I visit them and keep in touch or else I will lose the closeness,” she says. I have no friends here [Bollywood]. Friendship is a two-way thing. It takes efforts by both sides to forge a friendship. I do feel lonely and most of the times I talk to myself,” she reveals. Counting her managers, her driver and her domestic staff as friends she says. “I spend so much time with them. In fact, I even help my maid clean up.”