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Prachi Desai

india Updated: Apr 09, 2013 16:32 IST
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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".