Bollywood actor Prachi Desai, who began her acting career on the small screen, feels the content of TV shows is in a dismal state today.
Prachi moved into the film world after successfully establishing her name with the lead role of Bani in the once-popular daily soap Kasamh Se, which dealt with the trials and tribulations of three sisters.
With no immediate plans to return to the small screen for a fiction show, Prachi said in an interview: “Honestly, (Indian) television right now makes me really sad. It is a huge sign of worry.
“Looking at where the country is going and the things that are happening around us, we should open our eyes and give content to the people accordingly. I am not saying that the medium is a social service, but TV impacts so many people on so many different levels, in a huge way.”
The 27-year-old actor, whose latest film Azhar released this Friday, thinks the current TV shows are “regressive and just so shocking at every level.”
“We need to improve so much. Years ago, we used to have way more advanced shows in terms of outlook and relatability,” added the Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai actor.
Having mostly played roles that feature her as mature and docile, Prachi said, “Ask my directors why they give me such roles! I honestly have no idea myself. I am completely opposite. My roles are beyond my age too.
“I should be happy that despite of not being this person in reality, I am able to bring such maturity in my roles, but I should also be having a lot more fun, play characters close to my age. Pair me up with younger actors who do more youth-based films.”
In Azhar, which narrates the highs and lows of Mohammad Azharuddin’s life in the 1990s, Prachi essays the character of his first wife.
The Bol Bachchan actor is extremely happy about the trend of biopics that has caught on in Bollywood. “I think human stories are always interesting,” she said.
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