"You’re just left flapping in the wind."
Nargis Fakhri has spilled the beans regarding her absence from Bollywood.
Nargis Fakhri, who has worked in hits such as Rockstar, recently shared she had become unwell while working in the Indian film industry.
Talking about her absence from the industry, Nargis Fakhri recalled to News18: “I became unwell. I was going through too much mental and physical stress.
“I had a lot of physical ailments that were interfering with my daily life.
“It was very difficult to ignore these problems. My body, in a way, was telling me that it was not able to handle it.
“I knew it in my mind that I had to take a break because I wasn’t the happiest person.”
The actor believes that actors often need more than just a few days of break to be themselves.
Nargis added: “In an industry like this, you’re constantly running on a hamster wheel, you’re always in a rat race, and you’ve to keep up because you don’t want to fall back.
“You’ve to attend meetings, you’ve to do ads… it just never ends! You only get a couple of days off between projects.
“The pressure and the mental stress that you go through are heavy even though that depends on the kind of films or characters you’re doing. You’ve to invest your soul when you’re acting.”
Nargis Fakhri shares that despite these hiccups, she kept at it by focusing on the silver lining.
She recalled and added: “I kept working because I was blessed to have the opportunities and I didn’t want to just throw them away and walk off.
“I definitely enjoyed some bits of it but I had my share of unhappy days, weeks and months.
“I had to push through. I didn’t want to just give up. I was pushing myself so hard that my mind felt disconnected from my body. I really needed rest.”
Nargis Fakhri further shared that being away from her support system affected her during the initial years of her career when she was trying to find her feet in the film industry. She went on to comment:
“If your family is close to you or they live close by, there’s nothing like it.”
“Coming home to family, who you share a good relationship with, is very important because they ground and recharge you.
“If you don’t have that, you’re just left flapping in the wind with nothing to hold onto.
“I’m a very strong person and I could’ve continued but it was a necessary decision to leave.
“I had to talk to myself and say, ‘Hey, what’s the point of being here? Why are you listening to other people? Listen to your body, listen to your feelings.’”