Prachi Desai, who was last seen romancing Abhishek Bachchan in the hit film, Bol Bachchan (2012), has now been paired with 53-year-old Sanjay Dutt in the upcoming movie, Samy. But the 25 year-old is unperturbed about the age difference.“I was 17 when I made my TV debut as Bani in the TV show Kasamh Se. Bani is married to the much-older Jai, played by Ram Kapoor. I wasn’t sure if I could pull off that role as I was new to acting. Now, I’m more confident,” says Prachi.
The actor recalls having grown up watching Sanjay’s films. “He was always this huge Bollywood superstar I idolised — all muscles on the outside, soft on the inside. I’ve always wanted to be paired with an older actor, be it Sanjay or Ajay (Devgn), because I feel the older man-younger woman angles make for interesting plots,” says Prachi.
Samy is the Hindi remake of a 2003 Tamil blockbuster, Saamy, starring Vikram and Trisha Krishnan. It was dubbed in Telugu as Saamy IPS, and then even remade in Telugu as Lakshmi Narasimha (2004). It flagged off a spate of police-thief films in Tamil cinema.
“I like the original. It’s amazing how Vikram can change his look and performance so drastically, from Saamy to Raavan (Mani Ratnam’s 2010 film). Cop films from the south are very entertaining,” she asserts.She is equally impressed with Trisha, whose role she is reprising. But if director KS Ravikumar is to be believed, with Prachi on board, the character of the college girl, Bhuvana, will undergo many changes.