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Nargis Fakhri: “I Am Not Staying With Anyone In Mumbai, Have My Own Place”

Nargis Fakhri

The very beautiful Nargis Fakhri is in Mumbai again, but just for a few days.

Where  have you been?You’ve missing from  the hub of Bollywood for a good one year?

It’s closer to two  years.Where have I  been? Oh, here there and  everywhere.I was mostly in NY. That’s where my Mom lives,so that’s where I am most likely to be. However  currently I am  living in LA.

Hollywood, huh?

Nothing like that. Although I’m not averse  to doing films in any part of the world. I did a big Hollywood film,remember?

Oh yes, Paul Feig’s Spy where you kicked some serious ass?

(laughs) That’s right. I  am very comfortable  doing action. Not so comfortable   doing theBollywood gyrations and pelvic thrusts.

 You  have always been a  misfit here?

I won’t deny that. I have hardly friends in Mumbai,only two . One of them is  SunainaBhatnagar who recently directed that  very beautiful  film Dear Maya. The other is  a dress designer.That’s it.  Otherwise it’s all working relationships in  Mumbai. It’s strange, because I make friends easily wherever I go. But not in Mumbai.Here it’s just work.

Why the lack of friends in Mumbai and not in other parts  of the world?

I have never been able to figure it out. I guess my disappointment and caution go back to my first Hindi film Rockstar where I thought I  was making friends for life with the team. When the  film got over they all moved on.That  shocked me and left me with mixed feelings about the experience.

You mean the  Rockstar experience decided your future relationships in Bollywood?

Yes,  kind of. I realized  people here are only together to work.

So are  you  in Mumbai for work?

Yes, a couple  of projects are happening. Then I am off again to LA. I  am not back inMumbai until April now. The Bollywood projects that I am doing will be shot outside India.

In Mumbai there are rumours that you are staying with Uday Chopra and his family?

No, thanks. I am have my own place to stay in.In fact I have a home everywhere that I work—not homes owned by me. Just places on rent. You will be stunned when you see my  key-ring. It’s got a key to open locks in every city that I  go to. Luckily the keys are colour-coordinated with the locks.

What  about the rumours of your Mumbai residence being the late Mr Yash Chopra’s bungalow?

I can’t even begin to respond to rumours because I  don’t pay attention to them. I don’t read what’s written about me. Because when I  do, I wonder , ‘Is that really me they’re writing about?’

So when is  the nomad-gypsy settling down?

I like that description. Nomad,  gypsy that’s me. I am a butterfly. You can’t pin me down.  If you put me in a jar I’ll suffocate.I can’t be in any one place  for too long. When you ask when I am settling down you sound like  my mother.She’s the  only one who asks me this question.

So let me  be the second?

It’s not as if I don’t want to settle down. But the man has to be as footloose as me.  He must love to travel as  much as I do.

So when does Mumbai see you next?

Hopefully April. Until then, adios.

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