In Bollywood, every day is like a fight: Prachi Desai
Prachi Desai says she needs to do parts that she can relate to and work with actors of her age.bollywood Updated: Nov 23, 2016 19:10 IST
Since her debut with Rock On!! in 2008, Prachi Desai has been part of many films. However, the actor feels she has been “a bit choosy”, because the work that has been offered to her “was too repetitive”, and required her to play mature parts. Prachi, who was 19 when she made her debut, says, “The minute I came in, I was perceived as a mature actor.”
She adds, “Then, I did films like Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010). But, amidst it all, I think people forgot that this 19-year-old deserved to play roles her age. I am still in my 20s and need to portray characters that I can relate to. I need to work with actors who are my age. Why does this [mature] image become a barrier? Ideally, I would love to do a musical, a romcom or a romantic film.”
Prachi says that whenever “stalwarts and top directors” meet her, they are amazed by how young she looks in real life. “But when it comes to working with me, the reaction is the opposite. Also, since I don’t come from a film family, my father can’t produce a movie for me. So, every day is like a fight. You are on your own for everything,” says the actor, adding that “life has come full circle” with Rock On 2. “Doing the film has been very emotional and special for me,” she says.
The actor admits that being part of the sequel to Rock On!! comes with “pressure and expectations”. “But this is also the most unrelatable role I have ever played in my life. I am much younger in my head than the role that I play. If I am pulling off that maturity and complexity convincingly, then that’s just the actor in me (laughs),” she says.
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Calling herself an “outsider”, Prachi says that she is “waiting for movies such as Queen (2013), Highway (2014), Band Baaja Baraat (2010) or Aashiqui 2 (2013), which have changed the lives of all the respective actors”, to come her way. In fact, the actor is ready to fight for good roles. “Because I think I am talented (laughs). If I was lame, I would have given up. I am still putting in my best in all my films,” says Prachi.
In 2006, Prachi started off her career with the hit TV show, Kasamh Se. Ask her if she is open to going back to TV and she says, “If the story is good, my role is fantastic and it’s a short finite series, I would consider it. I don’t differentiate between acting on TV and in films. If I ever come across a great story I wouldn’t mind co-producing a web show or a miniseries on TV.”
The actor admits that the content on Indian TV today is “shocking”. “Why is it getting more regressive by the day? We need better content on TV. With films like Kapoor & Sons and Pink doing well, we know the youth wants to see things like that. But there’s nothing for them and that’s why they turn to the web,” she says.