Mumbai: Actress Nargis Fakhri, who drew flak for her performance in director Imtiaz Ali’s 2011 musical romantic drama “Rockstar”, says she is not affected by critics anymore.

“Now whatever people say it doesn’t affect me that way because after ‘Rockstar’ it was so dramatic. Now I have a better understanding (of films) so now I don’t care. But I am so proud of that film,” Nargis told IANS.

However, Nargis admitted that the negative reviews for her debut film had a “traumatising” effect on her.

“After ‘Rockstar’ it was tough because all the reviews came out were so negative that it was very traumatising. I never wanted to be an actress… I didn’t even ask for this… It was horrible and so dramatic,” she said.

“Rockstar” featured actor Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role.

Nargis is now gearing up for the release of “Azhar”, where she will be seen portraying former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin’s second wife Sangeeta Bijlani’s role.

How does she feel about comparisons with Sangeeta?

“It’s not giving me any pressure… I do the best what I can. Yes, I know there will be comparisons… I just want people to believe that I am her,” she said.

Directed by Tony D’Souza, “Azhar”, which is jointly produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Picture, also stars Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Lara Dutta and Huma Qureshi in pivotal roles. The film will release on Friday. 

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