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“I’m Moving Back to Mumbai”, Nargis Fakhri




I’m Moving Back  to Mumbai,”  As Nargis Fakhri Turns a  year older  on October 20 ,  Subhash  K Jha  catches  up with the gorgeous self-declared  nomad.

You turn a year  older  on October  20. What are  the  birthday plans? How  do you  intend to  spend the special day, and with whom? Is there someone special with you this birthday?

 I’m currently in the USA for some work and  will be flying to Dubai to celebrate my birthday with family. After my special day I’ll be headed to Mumbai for work and to finalize my apartment as I’m moving back to the Bay.

Looking back on your life so  far,   if you have  to change anything what would it be?

I actually would not change a thing! All my experiences in life have made me who I am today and I am extremely thankful for it.

How have the last two civilization-changing  years  treated  you?  Not being able to travel  must have been very  difficult  for a  nomad like  you?

Covid was so hard for everyone but again, thank God I was able to do some work and travel as well. I made the best of those two years. I was able to connect with Nature more, read more, learn more recipes, learn more about different subjects through online education.

Did  your work suffer during the pandemic?

I think Covid hindered work for everyone. I had taken some time off due to health issues but was ready to get back to work when Covid hit. So that was a bummer as it delayed me getting back to films and I was super-excited to start working again. Now that everything’s back to normal I’m back to Mumbai and finalizing some projects.

What are  your forthcoming  projects?

I have a project completed called Shiv Shastri Balboa with Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta directed by Ajayan Venugopalan.It’s a comedy about a retiree from India who’s  big Rocky movie . he  fan moves to the USA and ends up on an unexpected road trip through the American heartland with a undocumented house-help name Elsa .The  trip teaches them that it’s never too old to reinvent yourself.

What  do you play?

I play Siya and she is a happy-go-lucky  girl who is half-Indian and half-American. She is dating Cinnamon Singh, a wannabe Punjabi pop-star who runs a gas station in the same town. Her mom doesn’t quite approve of their relationship and when an Indian couple(Shastri and Elsa) shows up in their town seeking help, their lives become intertwined.

During our last conversation  you mentioned a difficult situation that  you  were  going through. What, may I ask, was that situation? Have you resolved  it?

Yes everything is great now, it was  a health issue,  then Covid .But now everything is as amazing as it could be 🙂 I’m really super grateful.

You have always been  a  bit of an outsider  in Bollywood. Do you still see yourself that  way?

To be honest , I don’t  feel like an outsider, I realized we all are so busy and have work and family and have to travel a lot and I love that I can keep in touch with everyone. I’ve worked with a lot of great people and still keep in touch and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future. I love that people have been supportive and caring, so coming back to Mumbai will be great because I’ll get to see everyone in person AGAIN!

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