I am wait­ing for the right op­tions

Prachi De­sai says she’s of­ten type­cast as the girl-next-door but she wants to por­tray var­i­ous char­ac­ters on screen

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT - Monika Rawal Kukreja

Ac­tor Prachi De­sai (right) says she is aware that de­spite hav­ing por­trayed var­i­ous char­ac­ters on screen, she is still per­ceived as the sweet girl-next-door by the au­di­ence. How­ever, the 28-year-old is un­ruf­fled. “I per­son­ally know that I have a lot more to of­fer on screen. In fact, I’m not the same per­son as the char­ac­ters you see me por­tray – I don’t know who in to­day’s day and age is like that. They are just the roles that I por­tray,” says Prachi, adding, “And if I can do the roles con­vinc­ingly, then it’s just the ac­tor in me who de­serves a pat be­cause I just do it with so much ease.”

In fact, to prove her point about por­tray­ing var­i­ous roles, Prachi even talks about the se­duc­tive item song Awari that she put up in Ek Vil­lain (2014). She feels that ev­ery ac­tor has a USP and that be­comes their im­age or how they are per­ceived. “I feel when you do some­thing right, you are re­peated in that kind of role over and over again. That hap­pens to most ac­tors and ob­vi­ously it’s a no brainer that it has hap­pened with me as well,” says Prachi who’s been part of films such as Rock On (2008), Once Upon a Time in Mum­bai (2010), Bol Bachchan (2012) and Azhar (2016).

Prachi says act­ing is more than just a job for her and she is ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about it. “I love my job and I love act­ing, which is what keeps me go­ing. If you just take a lit­tle peek into the real me, then you’ll see that there’s def­i­nitely far more shades to me as a per­son,” she says, adding, “I don’t think any­body is oned­i­men­sional. We are all multi-di­men­sional. Just be­cause it’s my job and I like do­ing it, doesn’t mean it de­fines my im­age as a per­son. But there’s so much more that I can do. It’s just a mat­ter of op­por­tu­nity I think.”

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