Prachi Desai

Prachi Desai attends a special screening of the film Bol Bachchan. (AFP)

Prachi Desai found Bollywood fame with Rock On. She has been part of other commercially successful films also, such as Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and Bol Bachchan. But the actor didn't begin her career with Bollywood. She burst on the scene as Bani Walia in a popular daily soap Kasamh Se which aired on Zee TV.

For her Bollywood stints, Prachi has garnered much appreciation. Taran Adarsh noted after watching her in Rock On in 2008: "Prachi Desai scores in her very first feature. She has a challenging role and footage-wise too, it's substantial. Prachi brings in a lot of freshness and poise. Plus, she's a competent actor."

The actress bagged the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. And Prachi Desai benefitted from this outing no end. She got several nominations and awards as debutante including the Filmfare Award. She also won the Anandalok Award as Best Actress (Hindi).

Prachi was then seen in Life Partner (2009), which failed at the box office but even here her acting was praised.

In July 2010, she appeared in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai with Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut. The film proved to be a big box office success and was also critically praised. "Prachi Desai is a bundle of talent who proves her mettle yet again. She's proficient in emotional scenes and sizzles in the BOBBY song-sequence." says Taran Adarsh. 2012, Prachi then appeared in Rohit Shetty's Bol Bachchan opposite Abhishek Bachchan, along with Ajay Devgn and Asin. The film proved to be the biggest box office success for Prachi till then.

In 2013, Prachi Desai featured opposite John Abraham in I, Me Aur Main, produced by Goldie Behl and directed by debutant director Kapil Sharma.

Prachi Desai's future projects include Kollywood director K. S. Ravikumar's first Bollywood venture. The film is Hindi remake of Sammy which stars Sanjay Dutt and Prakash Raj. The film portrays her as a Software Engineer and is said to be released on 14 June 2013.

Prachi has also been signed by Vikram Bhatt for a horror film titled 1920 London. The sequel to Rock On!! is also under script-production and Desai is supposed to continue with her role in the franchise.

Fact File

Birthday: 12 September 1988
School/College: St Joseph Convent, Panchgani and Sinhagad college, Vadgaon, Pune
Personal life: Prachi is currently not dating anyone

2008    Rock On!!
2009    Life Partner
2010    Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
2012    Teri Meri Kahaani
2012    Bol Bachchan
2013    I, Me Aur Main
2013    Policegiri              Filming/Post Production
2014    1920 London             Announced
2014    Rock On!! 2           Under Script Production

List of Awards
2006    Indian Telly Award for Fresh New Face of the Year (Female)            Kasamh Se 
            Indian Telly Award for Couple of the Year (along with Ram Kapoor)  Kasamh Se                      
            Kalakar Award for Best Actress (Television)                                      Kasamh Se
2007    Indian Telly Award for Best Actress                                                   Kasamh Se 
            Sansui Television Award for Best Actress                                           Kasamh Se
            Zee Rishton Ka Utsav: Favourite Bhabhi-Nanad Rishta (along with      Kasamh Se
           Ashwini Kalsekar)        Sansui Television Award for Best Popular Actress                               Kasamh Se
            The Global Indian TV Honours: Best Actress                                       Kasamh Se
2009    Indian Telly Award: Special Award for Successful Bollywood               Rock On!!

           Anandalok Awards for Best Actress (Hindi)
                                                                                                                         Rock On!! 
           Sabse Favourite Kaun: Best Newcomer Female
                                                                                                                          Rock On!!

2011   Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
                                                                                                                         Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai    
           IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress
                                                                                                                         Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai   
           Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female
                                                                                                                          Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 
           Lions Gold Award for Best Supporting Actress
                                                                                                                          Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai     
           Stardust Award for Best Actress in An Ensemble Cast
                                                                                                                          Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai   

           Top 10 Bollywood: Supporting Actress of the Year Poll
                                                                                                                          Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 

Quotable Quotes

On male centric films
"It is quite a relief to do such films. It is all hassle-free. You just go there, relax, sit, enjoy, say a few lines, do dance numbers and look good. It is a fabulous thing to do".

On being famous
"Somewhere I feel I am not myself anymore I am just so conscious about everything. I have to do things in a certain way. There are so many restrictions".


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