My sister has flown down from Australia to surprise me; it’s priceless: Prachi Desai
The birthday girl, Prachi Desai says she wants her potential as an actor “to be fully explored”.bollywood Updated: Sep 12, 2017 19:58 IST
She made her Bollywood debut in 2008 with Rock On. Since then, Prachi Desai has been a part of a variety of films but now, the actor is “happy” that people are seeing “potential” in her with “her kind of films.” As she turns a year older (on September 12), we chat with the actor about life, career and more.
Would you call yourself a birthday person?
I am literally one of those people, who hide under a table on my birthdays (laughs). I start to cringe and am like, ‘oh god, I hope people don’t make a scene of my birthday’ because I get embarrassed. But I absolutely adore all the attention and love that I get from everyone but I would love that to happen in a quiet manner (smiles).
Do you remember any particular birthday from the past?
All my birthdays have been kind of interesting; and very unplanned and spontaneous. But during one of my birthdays, I was in Norway for a film festival. I went for the main event as planned but the next day, I was told, ‘there’s another small activity’ and the next thing I know is that I was dropped on a cruise. So, it was a great surprise and lot of fun. It was a memorable experience.
And special birthday gift?
There are lots of them but this year is really special because my sister has flown down from Australia to give me a surprise. I am really happy as I was not expecting it. Also, she is a writer and has come with the manuscript of her first book. So, it’s the best gift ever. It’s absolutely priceless, which isn’t not materialistic, expensive but very thoughtful.
Of late, you have been busy with Kosha and Carbon (short film). Are you enjoying it?
You know, I never knew I would find this kind of happiness after making such big decisions [of doing these films]. It’s very difficult to explain but this is the happiest that I have ever been; and this is the kind of work I have always wanted to do. There was a phase when it was important to do big banner Bollywood films but times have changed. I am very glad that people see the potential in me and they come to me with strong parts.
So, can we say that these are ‘exciting’ times for actor Prachi Desai?
Absolutely. I just want my potential to be fully explored that hasn’t been done before. And I don’t want to be one among the rest. I am happier doing such parts and have, in fact, been striving for them. For instance, when one watches Kosha, one would believe what I am saying.
But of late, you haven’t been doing many Bollywood films…
Yes, in the past few months, I have been offered films with big A-list stars but those weren’t the kind of films that I wanted to do. So, I made a conscious decision and not become just another commodity. I instead chose other films that would change the course of my career. This is the time to make such decisions and people are – fortunately – experimenting; and audiences are also willing to watch different stuff. Offers have come but I can proudly say that I had the courage to say no to a few tempting offers. Sometimes, I feel I am bleeding acting (smiles). It’s crazy passion for me. I would rather do cinema that I would be proud of.
With Kosha and Carbon, this year seems to have been eventful…
Yes, it’s been one of the most eventful and awesome years. I have always felt that films should choose me, and not vice versa. It has happened with Kosha. It has been an adventure in the true sense. Carbon was also very exciting and interesting too, as I played an android, who thinks she is a human. So, this has been a very exciting time for me where I have been getting to play interesting characters in content driven films.
Are you happy with the kind of roles that have come your way?
First of all, I would only say that I am an outsider (smiles). Fortunately, I have been able to work some really great film-makers, with big co-stars and with top banners. I have always tried to choose the best parts from whatever has been offered to me.
This birthday, what’s your big wish?
I would love to see my sister’s book coming out and do really well. As for me, I would want people to Kosha and see our efforts – regardless of whether they like it or not – that we are putting in. Another thing that I want to do really selflessly is helping rape victims, acid attack survivors. I want to educate them as well as their families on coping with such a situation and not victimise the survivors. Also, I want to learn to play the guitar as I can’t play any musical instrument (laughs).
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