In Bollywood, every day is like a fight: Prachi Desai
Ever since she made her Bollywood debut with Rock On in the year 2008, Prachi Desai has been part of several films. However, the actor feels she has been “very choosy”, because the work that has been offered to her “was too repetitive”, and required her to play mature roles. Prachi, who was only 19 when she made her debut, says, “The minute I entered the industry, I was perceived as a mature actor.”
Talking about her struggle
She adds, “Then, I did movies like Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, 2010. But, amid all this, I think people forgot that this 19-year-old deserves to play roles of her age too. I am still in my 20s and want to portray characters that I can relate to. I need to work with actors who are of my age. Why does this mature image every time becomes a barrier always? Ideally, I would love to do a musical, a romcom or a romantic film.”
Prachi says that whenever stalwarts and any top directors meet her, they are amazed by how young she looks in real life. “But when it comes on working with me, the reaction is exact opposite. Also, since I do not come from a film family, my father cannot produce a movie for me. So, each day is like a fight. You are on your own for everything,” says the actor, adding that “life has come to full circle” with Rock On 2. “Doing the movie has been very emotional and special for me,” she says.
The actor confessed that being part of the sequel to Rock On comes with more pressure and expectations. “But this is also the most unrelatable role I have ever played in my movie career. I am much younger in my head than the role that I played. If I am pulling off that maturity and complexity convincingly, then that is just the actor in me,” she says.
Calling herself an “outsider”, Prachi says that she is “waiting for films like Queen (2013), Highway (2014), Band Baaja Baraat (2010) or Aashiqui 2 (2013), which have changed the lives of all its respective actors”, to come her way. In fact, the actor is ready to fight for good roles. “Because I think I am very much talented. If I was lame, I would have given up by now. I am still putting in my best in all my films,” says Prachi.
Prachi’s TV and Bollywood career
In 2006, Prachi kicked off her career with the hit TV show, Kasamh Se. Ask her if she is open to going back to TV she says, “If the story is good, my role is fantastic and it is a short finite series, I would consider it. I do not differentiate between acting on TV and in films. If I ever come across a great story I would not mind co-producing a web show or a miniseries on TV.”
The actor admits that the content on Indian TV today is “shocking”. “Why is it getting more regressive by the day? We need better content on TV. With films like Kapoor & Sons and Pink doing well, we know the youth wants to watch things like that. But there’s nothing for them and that’s why they turn to the web,” she says.