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Nargis Fakhri: I was upset that I couldn’t dub for myself

Nargis Fakhri says she spent hours in the dubbing studio and hoped to hear her voice onscreen

She might have been linked to actor Ranbir Kapoor, her co-star in her debut Bollywood film, but when asked about the veracity of these reports, Nargis Fakhri maintains that she has no time for a relationship and brushes off queries about being romantically involved with the Kapoor scion. What’s even more surprising is that the 31-year-old New Yorker had no idea who actor Ranbir and director Imtiaz Ali were before she signed up for the film that shot her to stardom. “I had no idea about either of them. For me, doing the film was more like an art project. I just fell in love with the script the moment I heard it,” says Nargis.

The former model admits that making the switch from the ramp to the big screen wasn’t easy either. “It was very difficult initially; acting is a very intense job. It was difficult to adjust to the acting environment. Moreover, I had to get used to being in a new environment without my friends or family. But I enjoyed it,” she says, adding, “I remember spending 10 hours in the office, from Monday to Sunday, dubbing for my own scenes. I did 5-10 scenes, but I don’t know why they weren’t taken. I was very upset that I didn’t get to dub for myself.”

While Nargis is aware of the appreciation that has come her way for her role, her greatest admirer so far has been Ranbir. “He has seen how hard I worked on this project, and it’s great if your co-star gives you credit,” she says.

And though the actor is just one film old, she has already bagged three endorsements and kickstarted a brand war of sorts. Quiz her about snapping up deals for which actors Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were also under consideration, and she says, “I don’t think I am taking over from anyone. I have been doing ads for some time and this is not new to me.”

And if B-town buzz is to be believed, the newbie Nargis has been signed up to play the female villain in Rakesh Roshan’s sequel to Krrish. “I am not doing this right now. At the moment I am just taking my time,” she clarifies.


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