From ROCKSTAR to now AZHAR, Nargis Fakhri has seen some interesting things in such lesser time. But the lady is undoubtedly fun to talk to, especially because of her puns. While interviewing her for AZHAR, she revealed about playing Sangeeta Bijlani, kissing Emraan Hashmi and more.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Did you meet Sangeeta Bijlani before preparing for this role? What was your reference point?
No, I have not met Sangeeta Bijlani. My reference point was her films. The one which stuck in my head was TRIDEV. I also read about her on the Internet. For me, it was all new. I didn't know anything about it. I am new to India and all this is very old stuff. The director and the people at the workshop kept telling me about the things that had happened and how it happened and the emotions that were involved because they had lived through it. That was interesting and helpful.
What did you learn from her films?
I would watch her body language (in the films). The great thing about her was she was a model before she became an actress. When you are a model, you learn to stand a certain way. I could see that grace and elegance in her. We, as models, have a certain way of carrying ourselves whether it is walking on the runway or shooting for a film. So it was not as difficult as I thought it would be. I don't know whether I look like her, but I think they did the best make-up. I wore a wig because she has amazing hair… it's unreal. I was so jealous of her hair. Really guys, who has hair like that? She has an amazing body. She is so tall and slender. She was a fashion icon, so the stylist created some amazing outfits, all styled to suit the 90s. That's not exactly my favourite style but it was fun to dress up. For some of the outfits, though, I said, ‘Oh, you need to burn this.' When we did the photo shoot and when I saw the rushes, I loved it. I hope the audience can believe, at least as far as my look is concerned, that this is the woman, the character, Sangeeta. The director plays a big part as he knows the story inside. He is the most important person when you are trying to perform a scene. The other important thing was to understand Sangeeta's relationship with Azhar. The relationship they shared, the drama that was happening, the feelings and the emotions between them… understanding that was probably as hard. The emotional stuff was so draining.
Why do you think Sangeeta fell for Azhar?
From the film and from what I know, he was a smooth person. Come on, you all know the truth. It is a very romantic whirlwind, right? Bollywood and sports are romantic in their own way. These two people were in the limelight. They would sneak around to see each other. That becomes exciting and romantic in a way, right? At least, that's what I thought. When you are married and you see your man everyday, you don't care about him any more. But when you don't see your man and he buys you presents and, whenever you see him, there is something happening… you are going out on a date… it's a combination of so many things. In this film, you get to see Azhar's life through his eyes. You get to see what really happened behind the scenes, how he felt and what he went through. We touch on every aspect, not just the cricket. We think athletes and Bollywood stars are not as real (as non-celebrities are) because they are so glamorous. Today I am not wearing make-up but usually, I have hair, eyeliner, eyelashes, contacts, lipstick, boobs, this and that… Sometimes, I don't even know who I am. We are just an image in this glamour world. No one knows the trauma or the pain, the tears that are shed behind the scenes. The real life pain, the decisions we have to make as humans, we get to see that in the film. I like that a lot. I love documentaries; I like films that are based on true story and events.
'My reference point for AZHAR was Sangeeta Bijlani's films'
Could you connect to Sangeeta's life?
Well, I never had an affair with a married man (laughs out loud). At least not yet… who knows what will happen later!
Are you open to having an affair with a married man?
No, I could never do that. I am not judging anyone, but if you had relationship that went bad because someone was cheating on you, you make a vow that you will never do that to anyone else, no matter what happens. I am very loyal with my decision on how I want to live my life and my morals and values for myself. I don't care about anyone else. I have been in love and I understand how love works… you go crazy. Love is blind, so blind. Your friends will tell you, ‘Eww, how are you dating him? You are blind.' But you won't listen. Ten years, after 20 kids, you wake up one morning and start crying aloud, ‘Oh my God! How did I land with him? So you see, love is actually blind.'
Was it difficult being a real person on screen for the first time?
Since I never met the person and just saw the videos and films, I didn't really think too much about it. I only could do the best with what I was given and what I have.
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