She’s been low-key despite the box-office high of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. In fact, talks of a sequel revolving around Emraan Hashmi’s celluloid Dawood, set in Dubai haven’t included her. Retorts Prachi Desai, “But nothing’s official yet. I’d love to feature in the sequels of both Rock On!! and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. But eventually it’s Milan’s (director Milan Luthria) call if he wants to take the story forward with the same characters.”
But doesn’t producer Ekta Kapoor have a say too? Apparently, she nixed a project with Sudhir Mishra because he was insisting on his protégée Chitrangada Singh over Prachi. “Ekta is family and will always support me. But I’ve only made one movie with her. Why should it be said that I’m getting films just because I’m Ekta’s friend? Give me some credit too,” she says, adding that Chitrangada and she were offered two different films and the media just got confused.She admits that some recent projects didn’t materialise but is in no hurry. Pointing out that she was only 19 when she did Rock On!! she says she’d rather bid her time because being an industry outsider, she won’t get too many opportunities or be forgiven any mistakes. "I want to be like Madhuri Dixit and Vidya Balan who came from nowhere and made a place here," she reasons.
Prachi also wants to give her audience time to forget the serious Bani from Kasamh Se and see her as the young girl that she is. That’s why she’s upbeat about Main Joker, in which she’s bagged the “youngest” role she’s ever played. “I’m opposite Rajeev Khandelwal who’s also from the TV industry. When we started, I was two films old and he’d done just one. We connected instantly even though he’s the absolute opposite of me,” she laughs.
No more TV for Rajeev or Prachi for now. She’s bid goodbye to dailies and dance shows as a participant. “But I’d love to judge a dance show or host my own show like so many other actors,” she says, adding that she loves Salman Khan on Bigg Boss: “He’s so much fun even though he’s just being himself.”
Prachi featured with Salman in a recent ad and would love to do a film with the actor she’s grown up watching. “I’d also like to work with Abhay (Deol) and Prateik (Babbar) who are doing different kinds of films,” she says.
For now, though, it’s watching films at MAMI for her. She’s hosting the opening day’s function and excited about her new role, having hosted one show before with Farhan Akhtar for CINTAA. She says, “I’m particularly looking forward to the panel discussion with the women filmmakers. Being a woman myself, that makes me happy and proud.”