New Delhi: The promos of Imtiaz Ali's 'Rockstar' have initiated quite a buzz in the minds of movie enthusiasts. The songs of 'Rockstar' are constantly moving up on the charts. The resultant of the fusion of western rock and Indian conventional music seems good and youths are accepting these songs as the latest rage.
The film does not have just one western connection.
The lead lady of the film Nargis Fakhri also belongs to the west in more than one ways.
A New Yorker by birth, Nargis Fakhri was prominently an American model before she caught the eyes of director Imtiaz Ali.
Fakhri has also appeared in famous American TV show 'America's next top model'. She was the only contestant of the 2003 season who was called back by the organisers after elimination.
It was a great achievement by a girl of Pakistani origin to have so much popularity in an American show post 9/11.
Fakhri's Pakistani descent comes from her father while her mother is from Czechoslovakia.
A known model in the west, Fakhri has already appeared in the campaigns designed for companies of the likes of Ford, Nova and Leni.
She has some experience of handling shutterbugs in India too. She was among the models captured for Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar in the year 2009.
'Rockstar' is one of the biggest releases of the year and thus playing the female lead will ensure Fakhri's performance under scanner.
As per the teasers, the film primarily seems to be focussed on the journey of an unpolished singer but Nargis Fakhri has also been given enough space in these trailers, which shows the kind of confidence she enjoys from the makers.
Several Pakistani heroines have tried their luck in Bollywood in the past, but unfortunately none of them made it to the top.
Meera, Reema and Mona Lisa were among the girls who had come to Mumbai with a desire in their hearts to become lead ladies opposite some big names of the tinsel town. Meera in particular was brought to India with much pomp and show. She had featured opposite Ashmit Patel in 'Nazar', a film written by the ace director Mahesh Bhatt. Then she worked under the direction of Rajiv Babbar in 'Kasak', where the singer turned actor Lucky Ali donned the role of hero opposite her.
Both the films doomed at the box office and so did Meera's career.
However, Fakhri's career looks to sustain more than Meera and other Pakistani girls, simply due to the responses she is getting before the release of 'Rockstar'.
The acting talent of first timers always remains under the shadow of doubt and thus the audiences will have to wait till the release of 'Rockstar' on November 11. Then only one would be able to speculate about the duration of her stint in Bollywood.
Sometimes, even a hit film does not ensure a longer working period for a foreign face in Bollywood.
Remember Giselli Monteiro who had played the character of Harleen Kaur in Imtiaz Ali's 'Love Aaj Kal'. She is not visible after that film so far.
Therefore, Nargis Fakhri will have to grab the chances with both hands if she wants to stay in Bollywood.