‘This is the hap­pi­est I’ve ever been’

Prachi Pra Desai says she wants her po­ten­tial as an ac­tor to be “fully ex­plored”

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

WouldWo you call your­self a birth­day­bir 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).

YouY have been busy work­ing ono films such as Kosha and Car­bon.C 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.

With films like Kosha and Car­bon, this year seems to have been event­ful...

Yes, it’s been one of the most event­ful and awe­some years. I have al­ways felt that films should choose me, and not vice versa. Work­ing in Kosha has been an ad­ven­ture in the true sense. Car­bon was also ex­cit­ing, as I played an an­droid in the movie, who thinks she is a hu­man. So, this is a very ex­cit­ing time for me where I have been get­ting to play in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters in con­tent driven films.

Are you happy with the kind of roles that have come your way?

First of all, I would call my­self an out­sider (laughs). But for­tu­nately, I have been able to work with some re­ally great film-mak­ers, big co-stars and top ban­ners. I’ve al­ways tried to choose the best parts from what­ever I’ve been of­fered.

This year, what’s your big birth­day wish?

I’d love to see my sis­ter’s book com­ing out and do well. As for me, I would want peo­ple to watch Kosha and see the ef­forts that we are putting in. I also want to help rape vic­tims and acid at­tack sur­vivors. Plus, I want to learn to play the gui­tar as I can’t play any mu­si­cal in­stru­ment (laughs).

Prachi Desai

Prachi Desai

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