US-born Nargis Fakhri, whose poised confident screen presence and a deep understanding of her role in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Madras Cafe’ is winning praise, says she was “clueless” after her Bollywood debut ‘Rockstar’. The period of exile after her 2011 debut was confusing for the actress. Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, actor Ranbir Kapoor and the rest of the ‘Rockstar’ team had taken Nargis under their wings. But after the release, when her performance was rejected, Nargis found herself isolated and disoriented in a city and profession she knew nothing about. “I was clueless,” she said. “It was a disappointing time for me. I couldn’t share it with my mother. Because she would’ve just ordered me home. But there was no dearth of work. I was getting these endorsements, shooting magazine covers. But very frankly, ‘Rockstar’ was too vast an experience and culturally too distanced from where I come from, for me to handle,” said Nargis, who was born in New York. “I didn’t understand the culture or the milieu. Just imagine – if tomorrow you’re offered the main lead in a big Chinese film where they tell you, you are the ideal choice. That’s exactly how I felt when I did ‘Rockstar’,” she added.
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