‘This is the happiest I’ve ever been’
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.