B-Town actress Prachi Desai is a frequent visitor to Bangalore. Her various endorsements bring her here most often. “I have fallen in love with this city. I always come here on a short trip because of my professional commitments but this time, I have decided to stay back for a day and see a lot more of Bangalore. I like the mix of different cultures here; people are always looking forward to experimenting. The variety I find here is great,” says Prachi who had accompanied friend Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar on her trip to Bangalore recently. “I share an amazing bond with Adhuna since the time I worked with her on my first film, Rock On!!. We have maintained our friendship from those days. This trip is not just a professional commitment but something I am doing for my friend," she adds.
One wonders, with Prachi coming down to IT city so often, why the actress in her has not seized an opportunity in Sandalwood. “I am conveniently going to blame it on lack of time. My commitments in Bollywood don’t give me enough time to do a Kannada film. The Kannada industry has made beautiful films. I don’t understand the language, but I have seen a few of films and not just Kannada but other southern language movies too. There is an inherent simplicity in every film. The way they are directed and executed are the best things about the stories. In spite of not knowing the language you can instantly connect to the story and characters. It would be great to do a Kannada film. I am hesitant because I don’t know the language. Once I let go of that inhibition, then as an actor and a performer, it will be a wonderful experience,” she says.
Not long ago actor Diganth, known as Doodh Peda of Kannada industry, was supposed to debut in Hindi with a film, London 1920, in which he was cast opposite Prachi. But eventually he backed out of the project because the film’s schedules were being postponed often and also because Prachi was no longer part of it. “It’s wonderful when you get the opportunity to work with actors from different industries. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t work out the dates for this particular film. I was committed to another film that time and couldn’t accommodate the schedules for London 1920. If Diganth and I have to act together, it will happen if not now, then later. I have heard he is already doing well out here. And he’s only at the start of his career. He will find a better debut in Bollywood,” says Prachi.
LONG time no see
Though, Prachi says she’s short on time due to work, she’s not seen much on and off the screen. Is it a go-slow policy at work? “There is no such plan. I never thought I would do one film at a time but it that’s how my fate has worked out. I have to be careful about my choices. Everyone knows what a cut-throat industry it is and wrong choices and mistakes are not forgiven. I consciously try to look for work in different genres. Be it Rock On!!, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai or Bol Bachchan, these are a few examples of the different kind of films that excite me. I am choosy and this is why I have been seen in a very few films,” she says.
Prachi says she’s going through various film scripts as of now. “As I am busy with my brand endorsements and professional commitments, I am reading a lot of stories. But I am waiting for that one script to come my way, a romantic story. I am inclined towards films based on love. It's something I haven’t done till now.”
Then she must be excited to be in the sequel to Rock On!!. “It is amazing when you are accepted by the audience and you feel the love and adulation from them. It has been special for me, Adhuna and Farhan Akhtar. It’s been the film to bring me to this stage in my career. But all this talk of a sequel, I hear it only from the media,” says Prachi.