‘Cast­ing in films based on whether you’re a big name or not’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Ac­tor Prachi De­sai (right), who bid good­bye to her TV ca­reer in 2009 af­ter do­ing the pop­u­lar show Kasamh Se, is miffed with the kind of con­tent In­dian tele­vi­sion has to­day.

“It’s in a sorry state, and shock­ingly re­gres­sive. I didn’t want to be a part of it. The lesser said about it, the bet­ter,” says Prachi, who be­gan her ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood with the 2008 film, Rock On!, along­side ac­tor Farhan Akhtar. She sub­se­quently ap­peared in films such as Once Upon A Time In Mum­baai (2010) and Bol Bachchan (2012).

Prachi feels that the film in­dus­try is quick to stereo­type an ac­tor. “I re­cently turned down a cou­ple of big films be­cause they all wanted me to do the same kind of thing (role)again and again. I’d rather ex­plore the ac­tor in me than just stand there and be one among the many,” she says.

The 28-year old doesn’t deny that peo­ple work hard, but still feels it’s a gam­ble. “Ev­ery­one here wants to do some­thing in­ter­est­ing, yet be safe in their zone. Also, the peo­ple are still not wel­com­ing to out­siders, be­cause cast­ing is still based on whether you’re a big name or be­long to a fa­mous fam­ily,” adds Prachi, who is soon go­ing to ap­pear in a short film, Car­bon, along­side ac­tors Nawazud­din Sid­diqui and Jackky Bhag­nani.

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