Nargis Fakhri, who made her Bollywood debut with 2011 film Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor, is now based in Los Angeles. She will share screen space with Rajkummar Rao in 5 Weddings, which releases on October 26, 2018.
In this interview with indianexpress.com, the actor speaks about the film, and how she has given her career a different and more versatile direction after moving to LA.
Q. How did you prepare for 5 Weddings?
I remember getting the script, and once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I remember feeling connected to the character and the story, almost as if I was reading a script about my own life. I worked with Namrata (director Namrata Singh Gujral) on the character breakdown but in Hollywood, the looks (makeup and costume) are determined by the director and the department keys. The look that was used as a reference was of Zeenat Aman from Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
Q. The film is about weddings and in India, the institution is given a lot of importance. What are your thoughts?
I enjoy attending weddings but I don’t see myself having one or at least a big one. I’m pretty simple in real life so I would not want something so extravagant for myself. I love the food at weddings and seeing everyone dressed up. And of course, seeing the bride and groom happy!
Q. How was it working with Rajkummar Rao and director Namrata Singh Gujral?
He is lovely and talented. Very easy to work with and to be around, which makes work easy and fun.
Namrata was a dream to work with. She really knows how to get the emotions that she needs out of you. She is also very funny, yet in-tune with her actors and can empathise with us and the characters. I feel pretty blessed to have got the chance to work with her. She knows how to take care of her actors.
Q. What direction do you want your acting career to take after this film?
In real life, a lot of people tell me I am funny. I always thought I wanted to do an action role. But I got a taste of that in SPY and it was lots of fun. I really would like to be a part of an American comedy. It just looks like everyone is always laughing and that’s what I want to be doing every day of my life.