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NARGIS FAKHRI ON PLAYING A CHARACTER THAT MIRRORS HER OWN LIFE IN NEW FILM


by ASJAD NAZIR. 5 Weddings and a connection. SHE may have started off her career in a high-profile Bollywood film, but model turned- actress Nargis Fakhri has been branching off into interesting directions in recent years, including music and her latest film 5 Weddings. The American actress plays the lead role in the English language comedy-drama about a US-based reporter who reluctantly journeys to India to write about weddings and finds loves in an unexpected way. She stars alongside a strong cast including award-winning Indian actor Rajkummar Rao as well as Hollywood legend Bo Derek in the interesting-looking release that promises plenty of laughs. Eastern Eye caught up with Nargis to talk about her movie 5 Weddings, future plans, comedy and more. How do you look back on your film journey? My journey in film has been a tumultuous one. As in life, this career path has many ups and downs, and you learn through trial and error. It’s also been challenging and exciting, giving me opportunities I never ever dreamed of. Have you consciously tried to be unpredictable with your choices? I think being predictable is boring. I like to keep myself on my toes, experiencing and learning new things. I think the best part about acting is that we are able to do that, becoming different characters and learning about various things through the diverse roles. What did you like about 5 Weddings? I remember getting the script one morning and starting to read it, and I just couldn’t put it down. I felt connected to the character and also the story. It was almost as if I was reading a part of my life. Who do you play in the film? I’ve been very lucky to be a part of 5 Weddings. I feel really connected to the character of Shania as there are a lot of similarities between her and my own life. I love how Shania is American, but has a multi-ethnic heritage and…

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