Nargis Fakhri made her film debut with a female lead role in the Imtiaz Ali’s musical romantic drama Rockstar in 2011. The film follows the journey of an aspiring musician from a humble background to an international stardom after the death of his passionate lover. Fakhri was cast as a free-spirited rich brat, from the Kashmiri Pandit background. Rockstar was the first film in India to show a Kashmiri Pandit wedding. The film received overwhelming response from critics, but their opinion toward her were mixed. Film critic Taran Adarsh wrote, “Nargis is a stunner as far as looks are concerned, but isn’t persuasive in poignant moments”, however, he praised her on-screen chemistry with co-star Ranbir Kapoor. With a gross revenue of ₹1.07 billion (US$17 million), Rockstar was one of the top-grossing Hindi films of the year.