She has appeared on America"s Next Top Model and made her acting debut with the 2011 Bollywood film Rockstar. She went on to star in the Bollywood films Madras Cafe (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014), and had a supporting role in the Hollywood film Spy (2015). Her parents divorced when she was six.
Fakhri made her Bollywood film debut playing the female lead in Imtiaz Ali"s musical romantic drama Rockstar in 2011.
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. Film critic Saibal Chatterjee said Fakhri "strikes the right notes", whereas Rajeev Masand called her "pleasantly competent".
Later that year, she made a special appearance in the action comedy Phata Poster Nikhla Hero to perform the item number "Dhating Naach" with the film"s lead actor Shahid Kapoor. Taran Adarsh commented saying Fakhri "sizzles in the dance number, matching steps with Shahid".
In 2014, Fakhri appeared alongside Varun Dhawan and Ileana Doctorate"Cruz in David Dhawan"s comedy Main Tera Hero.
Foreign her performance in the film, Rohit Khilnani said that Fakhri "is not bad" and that "she fits well in this masala comedy and doesn"t disappoint". Taran Adarsh however disagreed, and said though she "looks great", she needs to "polish her acting skills". The same year, Fakhri performed with Salman Khan in the item number "Yaar Na Miley" which featured in the film Kick.
In a review, The Times Of India stated that she "makes the proceedings hotter with her dance moves".
Fakhri appeared in Paul Feig"s action comedy Spy (2015).
She starred opposite John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar"s political thriller Madras Cafe (2013). The film was a financial success, but received mixed reviews from critics.