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I was in exile before Madras Cafe, says Nargis

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 for her, 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 she and performance were 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. 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.
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