Nargis Fakhri is an American model and actress. She has appeared on America’s Next Top Model and made her acting debut with the 2011 Bollywood film Rockstar. She went on to star in the Bollywood films Madras Cafe (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014), and had a supporting role in the Hollywood film Spy (2015).
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.