Prachi Desai is glowing. She says it’s not love but all the good work finally coming her way. “Not many small screen girls have had a flourishing film career. So, the industry didn’t have much confidence in me when I started out. But I had immense confidence in myself because I had time in hand. I started working at a very young age, so I knew that even if I made mistakes I would have the time to rectify those mistakes and improve. Although ‘Rock On!!’ was successful, I didn’t win the confidence of the industry, but then ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’ happened and that was a turning point in my career. Actually, both my films ‘Rock On!!’ and ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’ were big hits. Just that I didn’t climb on the roof and blow my trumpet. Maybe I should have done that, right?’ says Prachi with a dimpled smile.
Obviously, Prachi’s sense of humor has been honed by her work for her next film, Rohit Shetty’s ‘Bol Bachchan’, which is scheduled to release next month. “You can imagine how interesting it will be if you have a combination of Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan. And then if you have Abhishek doing a double role of sorts, you have a double treat,” Prachi says, adding “Abhishek has played both the roles so well, that he makes you wonder how someone can bring in so much variety!”
Prachi, who is paired opposite Abhishek, explains what she likes about his character in the film: “There’s this particular manner in which our heroes are portrayed on screen. They’re always seen as ‘cool’ and ‘macho’. But Abhishek’s character of Abbas Ali in the film is so different from the usual stereotypical image of heroes.”
While she is all praises for her co-star, she also has a complaint. “I complained to Abhishek that we girls had not been included in the title track along with Amitabh Bachchan. But then Asin and I thought, let’s give Ajay and Abhishek a chance to shine. We’re underplaying our glamour,” she says with a laugh.
Prachi also claims that although the film looks easy, it was extremely challenging, “While the actors are all being funny, and there are hilarious situations, we actresses (Asin and her) had to maintain a straight face in most sequences. Rohit is extremely professional and he knows exactly what he wants. So, to catch his tone of comedy was difficult.”
The actress also admits that comedy itself is not easy. “Comedy is the most difficult because a lot of things matter—the script, the director, your co-stars, your rapport with the other actors. Although I haven’t tried to emulate anyone, I’ve taken inspiration from actresses like Sridevi and Kajol,” she says. Speaking of rapport, did she get along with co-star Asin or were there the cat fights that seem popular among actresses in Bollywood. She laughs and says, “You know, you cannot take yourself or the other person too seriously. I cannot divert my attention from my work to things like these. If I do, then my work will suffer. And Asin is a very friendly girl, so we got along really well.”
Interestingly, Prachi was a part of the recently released ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, but she was not a part of the promotions. She explains, “It was a very cute role, and I did the role for Kunal Kohli. It was just a special appearance; it isn’t my film. ‘Bol Bachchan’ will be my film. ‘I Me Aur Main’ with John Abraham is my film.” She adds, “I love my character in ‘I Me Aur Main’ and I totally love how it has shaped up since I finally get to play a character that is closer to my actual age.”
With at least two interesting films to look forward to, Prachi’s career definitely seems on the upswing.