Nargis Fakhri hopes to allay the fears of her critics with “Madras Café”
After an intense love story, Nargis Fakhri has got an intense human drama. Critics might have written her off after Rockstar, but the industry is giving the model-turned-actress a second chance with Madras Café. The Shoojit Sircar film is set against the backdrop of Lankan Civil War and has Nargis playing a war correspondent, who speaks Hindi with an English accent. It seems the language issues have been sorted out.
Talking about her tumultuous start in Bollywood, Nargis says people should not judge her by her first film. “The movies belong to different genres. In Rockstar I played the role of Heer, a bubbly college girl and here I am Jaya, a war correspondent. The characters are very distinct in terms of their mindsets as well as understanding of the world around.”
She says she had no idea about the life of a war correspondent. “For me it was very difficult. I sat down with Shoojit, saw a lot footage of war and how journalists report it. I tried to study their mindset, like how do they feel, what do they do. Basically, I tried to get into the skin of a journalist who reports from conflict zones.”
It is hard to believe but she says she didn’t really know about the Lankan Civil War. “For me it was a fictional story. It was during my research that I found out about it. I felt more compassionate about the profession and towards the people affected by war.”