Recently, Prachi Desai was on Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa 5 promoting her latest film, Bol Bachchan, in which she plays Ajay Devgn’s educated, younger sister and is the cause of some of the golmaal (chaos) in the film. The actor had won the dance reality show in 2007 and says that she was wondering why no one remembered that. “Abhishek (Bachchan) with whom I’d just shot my first filmi dance, ‘Nach le’ in Bol Bachchan, was completely taken by surprise,” she laughs.
What even fewer people know is that the ‘desi’ version of Dancing With The Stars got Prachi her first film offer, Rock On!! (2008). “I didn’t take the first calls seriously, it seemed impossible that someone wanted to cast me as a heroine. I was barely 17 and didn’t come from a film background,” she reminisces. “The casting director had spotted me on Jhalak…, which had brought out a different side to me from my character Bani in the TV soap Kasamh Se, that made them think I was apt for the role of Saakshi.” After a random first meeting with director Abhishek Kapoor, she was given two-three pages of dialogue for an audition with Farhan.
“Being on TV, I was used to long dialogue. I casually went over my lines and rattled them off perfectly, breezing past all the other aspirants,” she smiles, adding that after she won Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa the first call was from her proud Rock On!! director. “The film changed the course of my career!”
Prachi hopes to be back in the sequel. “I won’t hold it against them, but I’d be heart-broken if they took someone else for Rock On!! 2. The thought gives me the jitters. I’ve been reading about it in the newspapers, one day soon, I’ll pick up the phone and remind Farhan that Saakshi is still around. Recently, we did a commercial together for a water purifier and our ‘jodi’ (pairing) still rocks!”