Prachi Desai, who was among the most popular TV biwis and bahus, doesn’t intend to come back to the tube...
Your second film comes this month. Nervous?
Hopeful that Life Partner works as nicely as Rock On!! did. I took up the project before Rock On!! released. It’s turned out fine. I’m keeping my fingers crossed because the first time around, it was more about making that first impression. Now, it’s about making a mark as an actress.
You’re once again playing a wife in Life Partner. You did that in Kasamh Se, your debut film.
(Cuts in) I’m actually sick and tired of playing a wife and a bahu. After Life Partner, I don’t intend to play a wife or a bahu because I will get stereotyped if I do it one more time. When I signed on Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, I had actually asked the director if I was playing a wife there. He assured me that I was only going to play the love interest.
I always wanted to be an actress but I was deprived of my teenage years when acting happened. Most of that period went working opposite the 34-year-old Ram Kapoor. He’s a fabulous co-actor and I looked good with him. But I lost out on the normal growth that happens during teenage years. I had to behave and think more maturely than a normal girl my age would do, I was barely 17 then. I didn’t attend college as regularly. My first year BA exams have been pending for two years now. So, being a celebrity and playing a bahu and biwi comes with a price tag.
After Rock On!! what were the kind of offers that you rejected?
It’s weird how people think. Even after Rock On!!, my projected image was Bani of Kasamh Se. As a result, I met plenty of producers and directors who offered me roles similar to Bani. If I had accepted them, I would have done a Bani at least some 100 times by now. TV gave me my name, my identity and a platform to move ahead. But it also set an image in mind for many, who don’t want to think of me as anyone else but Bani. I’m working really hard to move on and play a character my age.
Was there anything that you did as an actress that you didn’t want to do?
Plenty. I didn’t want to do double shifts while filming Rock On!! and Kasamh Se. The schedules often demanded me to be on both the shoots in different parts of the day. I would wrap up one and run for the other. I was always afraid of looking tired and dull. I didn’t want to miss college. My mum stood in a long queue to get my admission forms for BA. But I still haven’t cleared my first year degree college.
Would you ever return to TV, given that you are doing decently in the movies?
I don’t think I will return to TV. Even if I do, it will not be anytime soon because I have to complete Once Upon a Time In Mumbai. There were a couple of assignments that didn’t work out during the strike and recession period. I’m sure they would work out now. But I think I’d stick to the movies for now.
But wouldn’t you take up an acting assignment on TV given that a lot of actresses are used as glamdolls in the movies?
You bet. If you evaluate the hits, most of them in the recent past have actually had women looking good, pencil thin and glamorous, but that’s it. They didn’t have much to do. The tendency today in most actresses is to enquire about the look more than the role. I would like to act and that’s why I’m not accepting just every offer that comes my way.
It’s rumoured that you landed Once Upon a Time in Mumbai because of your previous Balaji connections.
Look, all these rumours are ignited by the media. It doesn’t make a difference to anyone’s life actually. So I don’t spend my energy confirming or disapproving gossip items. There’s little one can do about them anyway, right?