‘This is the hap­pi­est I’ve ever been’

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She has worked in a va­ri­ety of films since she made her Bol­ly­wood de­but in 2008 with Rock On! As she com­pletes close to ten years in the in­dus­try, the ac­tor says she is happy that peo­ple are see­ing po­ten­tial in her. We caught up with Prachi on her birth­day (Septem­ber 12) to talk about her life, ca­reer, act­ing, and more.

Would you call your­self a birth­day per­son? I am one of those peo­ple who hide un­der a ta­ble on birth­days (laughs). I start to cringe and I’m like, ‘Oh god, I hope peo­ple don’t make a scene on my birth­day’, be­cause I get em­bar­rassed. I adore all the at­ten­tion and love that I get from ev­ery­one, but I would love that to hap­pen in a quiet man­ner (smiles).

You have been busy work­ing on films such as Kosha and Car­bon. Are you en­joy­ing it? You know, I never knew I would be so happy with my de­ci­sions to work in th­ese movies. It’s very dif­fi­cult to ex­plain, but this is the hap­pi­est that I have ever been. 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 glad that peo­ple see the po­ten­tial in me and they still come to me with strong parts.

So are you hav­ing an ex­cit­ing time? Ab­so­lutely. I just want my po­ten­tial to be fully ex­plored; that hasn’t been done be­fore. I don’t want to be one among the rest. I am hap­pier do­ing such parts and have, in fact, been striv­ing for them.

But you haven’t been do­ing many Bol­ly­wood films… Yes. I have been of­fered films with big A-list stars over the past few months, but those weren’t the kind of films that I wanted to do. So, I made a con­scious de­ci­sion to not be­come just an­other com­mod­ity in a film. In­stead, I chose other films that would change the course of my ca­reer. This is the time to make such de­ci­sions. Peo­ple are, for­tu­nately, ex­per­i­ment­ing and au­di­ences are also will­ing to watch dif­fer­ent stuff. Some­times, I feel I am bleed­ing act­ing. It’s a crazy pas­sion of mine. I would rather do cinema that I would be proud of. All my birth­days have been kind of in­ter­est­ing, 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 would be an­other small ac­tiv­ity. The next thing I know, I was dropped off on a cruise. It was a great sur­prise and lot of fun. It was a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence. There are lots of them, but this year is re­ally spe­cial be­cause my sis­ter flew 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 brought the man­u­script of her first book. So, it’s the best gift ever. It’s ab­so­lutely price­less. It isn’t ma­te­ri­al­is­tic or ex­pen­sive, but it’s very thought­ful.

Prachi De­sai

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