Sunday, 22 September 2019

Was Nargis Fakhri Cheated by Bollywood

BOLLYWOOD director Imtiaz Ali may think he was being honest and of course charming when he  recently announced that Deepika Padukone was his first  choice for Rockstar. But this is directly insulting Nargis Fakhri who played the part bravely without knowing what she  was actually doing in the film.

 

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The very candid Nargis had once confessed to this writer that she was clueless about her character. “I didn’t know any Hindi. And then there were these long dialogues, pages and pagesof them. I delivered the lines without knowing what I was doing. The words could have been Chinese instead of Hindi.”

 

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The feisty filter-free beauty also spoke about how let down she felt by the team of Rockstar, especially Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali whom she considered her close friends and almost family in Mumbai during the  making of the film. But they vanished when the  film was released.

 

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Now Nargis too has vanished from Mumbai and Bollywood, not very happy with the way she was treated. And one can’t blame her. Nargis is a fiercely independent-minded New Yorker. She couldn’t make the career adjustments she was asked to.

 

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There was a time when she spoke about this A-list hero in whose film she was supposed to play one of the leading ladies. Overnight she  was chucked out of  the  project. “What  did  you do?” I asked her. “It’s more about what  I didn’t do,” she said and soon fled Bollywood and the country.

 

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We never  respected Nargis’s  non-conformism and her fierce individuality. Could we not disrespect her work after she is gone from our entertainment industry? By saying another actress was the first choice for  a role that announced Nargis’ Bollywood journey (alas, short-lived), a director disrespects the actress who has done the role.

 

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When Nargis was doing  Rockstar,  her co-star Ranbir said, “Nargis will win  the National award for  Rockstar.”

A lot of what Ranbir says cannot be believed. So maybe he was joking. Nargis didn’t have the solid backing of  a Salman Khan who could very seriously prophesise a National award for her performance in Bharat.

 

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Nargis was treated as a bit of a joke because Bollywood was uncomfortable with her transparent no-bullshitting behaviour. They didn’t know where to slot her. Like she said, it wasn’t what did. It was what she didn’t do that did her career in.

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