Janaki Viswanathan catches up with Rock On's Prachi Desai as she talks about her journey from being a bahu to a rockstar's wife...
Did your TV pals come for the premiere of Rock On?
Sadly, most of them couldn’t. I’m making plans to watch the movie with all of them this week.
What was your first reaction on watching the film?
(Giggles) I ducked every time I appeared on the screen. I’m very self-critical.
Balaji Telefilms’ Ckkompany released on the same day. Didn’t that make you uncomfortable?
I’m in a fix. I don’t know what to say. Initially, we were so excited because we thought Ckkompany could release on August 22 and Rock On on August 29.
Has the hype for Rock On helped?
Ours is a music-related film, so the guys have been appearing mostly on music reality shows. But when I saw Tusshar promoting Ckkompany on Kasamh Se, it was unbelievable.
What were the shooting schedules like?
I was in the Class VIII when Farhan Akhtar made Dil Chahta Hai and I was nuts about the movie. It didn’t sink in that I was being cast opposite him in his first film as an actor. He would be so professional and then as soon as the shot was completed, he’d turn on his wit and humour.
Any scenes you found difficult to enact?
There was this one scene during a song, Yeh tumhaari meri baatein, in which I’m supposed to give Farhan a look. (Blushes) I felt so shy! It took five takes to get it right.
Did you ever feel left out on the sets?
Most of the time. (Giggles) I wouldn’t know where to look when Arjun (Rampal), Purab (Kohli), Luke (Kenny) and Farhan talked rock. Before, while shooting, and after shooting, right till today, I know zilch about rock or rock bands.
Had any of your Rock On co-stars watched you in Kasamh Se?
No! Not even my director Abhishek Kapoor. I’m glad he didn’t, or else he would have never have cast me in such a role. I met his mum... she’s a die-hard fan of Kasamh Se and even saw me in Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa.
So, do you hang out at all with your new hip gang?
Hardly. See, I did have a great time shooting with them but our sensibilities aren’t the same. Plus they’re all much older than me and we don’t talk about the same things.
Will you return to TV?
No. I want to concentrate on films. But then, never say never.