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Prachi Desai (born 12 September 1988)[1] is an Indian Bollywood film and former television actress. She started her television career as lead protagonist in the successful TV drama Kasamh Se on Zee TV. She made her Bollywood debut in the 2008 film Rock On!!. Her other notable features include Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Bol Bachchan (2012) and I, Me Aur Main (2013). She is also the endorser, spokesperson, brand ambassador and the face of Goa Tourism and Neutrogena products in India.[3] Desai is also a brand ambassador of Lux Lyra.[4][5] She later participated in the popular dance reality show Dance Ki Takkar in 2013.

Early life and background

Desai was born in Surat, Gujarat to Niranjan Desai and Ameeta Desai.[2] She has one sister named Esha Desai.[6]

Desai studied in St. Joseph Convent,[7] Panchgani and completed her schooling till ninth grade in Surat. She completed her higher studies in Sinhagad College in Pune.[8]

Career

In 2006, Desai got selected to play the lead role in Ekta Kapoor's television drama Kasamh Se. She was cast as Bani, opposite TV actor Ram Kapoor.[9][10] The show won her several awards including the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role.

Desai then entered Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the Indian version of BBC Strictly Come Dancing on 7 September 2007 with choreographer Deepak Singh. Desai impressed the judges every week, but was ultimately eliminated on 10 November 2007 but entered the contest again via wildcard entry on 23 November 2007. Desai then landed a spot in the grand finale of the dance show on 15 December 2007 and won the competition. Desai was awarded the Dancing Star of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.[11]

Desai also worked in the TV series Kasauti Zindagi Ki as Prachi Chauhan. Her role was a cameo only. She also did a two-day cameo in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, which was aired on Star Plus. She played a school student in Prerna’s school.

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Desai then made a transition to the film industry in 2008. Her first film was Rock On!! (2008), directed by Abhishek Kapoor, where she played the wife of Farhan Akhtar.[2] Desai had to leave Kasamh Se to act in Rock On.[9]

Her next film was Life Partner (2009).[12] In July 2010, she appeared in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai with Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut.[13]

In 2012, she appeared in Teri Meri Kahaani in a cameo role.[14] Desai then appeared in a full-fledged role in Bol Bachchan opposite Abhishek Bachchan, along with Ajay Devgn and Asin.[15] The film proved to be Desai's biggest box office success till date.[16]

Desai next appeared in I, Me Aur Main (2013) with John Abraham and Chitrangada Singh.[17] She did another film Policegiri with Sanjay Dutt.[18] In 2014, she appeared in an item number for Ek Villain in a song called "Awari".[19]

In 2016, Desai played former cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s wife Naureen in his biopic film Azhar opposite Emraan Hashmi.[20][21] She again played the wife of Farhan Akhtar in Rock On 2 a sequel to Rock On!!. The film was released on 11 November 2016.[22][23]

Filmography

Films

Years Title Role Notes
2008 Rock On!! Sakshi
2009 Life Partner Prachi Jadeja
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Mumtaaz
2012 Teri Meri Kahaani Mahi
2012 Bol Bachchan Radhika Raghuvanshi
2013 I, Me Aur Main Gauri Dandekar
2013 Policegiri Sehar
2014 Ek Villain Special appearance in "Awari"
2016 Azhar Naureen Azhar
2016 Rock On 2 Sakshi
2017 Carbon (short film) Pari Short film
2018 Kosha Kareena Singaniya Filming
2018MamankamTo be announcedFilming
Malayalam debut

Television

Years Title Role Language Notes
2006-2008 Kasamh Se Bani Walia Hindi Lead role
2006 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Prachi Chauhan Hindi Extended cameo
2007 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Contestant Hindi Winner[24]
2010 C.I.D. Herself[25] Hindi Episodic guest
2010 Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann Herself[26] Hindi Guest
2013 Dance Ki Takkar (season 1) Herself Hindi Contestant
2014 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Herself Hindi Guest
2016 Naagin Herself Hindi Cameo
2016 The Kapil Sharma Show Herself Hindi Guest

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards for work in television
Year Show Award Category Result
2006 Kasamh Se Indian Telly Awards Best Fresh New Face (Female) Won[27]
Indian Telly Awards Best Onscreen Couple (Shared with Ram Kapoor) Won[27]
Kalakar Awards Best Actress (Television) Won[28]
2007 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won[29]
Zee Rishtey Awards Favourite Bhabhi-Nanand Rishta (Shared with Ashwini Kalsekar) Won
2008 Indian Telly Awards Special Recommendation Won[30]
List of acting awards and nominations for work in films
Year Film Award Category Result
2009 Rock On!! Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
2008 Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Nominated
Stardust Award Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year - Female Nominated
Anandalok Puraskar Awards Best Actress Won[31]
Star's Sabsey Award Favourite Nayi Heroine Won
2011 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Award Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Lions Gold Awards Lions Favorite Actress in Supporting Role Won[32]
Stardust Awards Best Actress in an Ensemble Cast Won
Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Star Guild Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
2012 Bol Bachchan Stardust Award Best Breakthrough Performance – Female Nominated
2013 I, Me Aur Main Stardust Award Best Breakthrough Performance – Female Nominated
2016 Azhar Lux Golden Rose Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Prachi Desai, happy birthday!. Zee News India (12 September 2013). Retrieved on 18 April 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 I am lucky:Prachi Desai. Times of India (9 December 2007). Retrieved on 28 December 2010.
  3. Prachi Desai is new face of Neutrogena cosmetics in India. Mid-Day (4 September 2009). Retrieved on 28 December 2010.
  4. Lyra brand about four years ago and had roped in actor Prachi Desai as its brand ambassador (5 April 2017). Retrieved on 8 June 2017.
  5. Lux Lyra - Prachi Desai (8 January 2016). Retrieved on 8 June 2017.
  6. Prachi Desai family, childhood photos (en-US). Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  7. Prachi Desai goes back to school. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  8. Prachi Desai on Twitter. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  9. 9.0 9.1 I am not quitting 'Kasamh Se': Prachi Desai. MSN Entertainment. Retrieved on 28 December 2010.
  10. Prachi Desai wants to 'rock on' with Shahid and Hrithik. Indian Express. Retrieved on 28 December 2010.
  11. Prachi Desai takes away Jhalak Dikhla Jaa pie. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  12. Prachi couldn't handle saree in Life Partner. One India. Retrieved on 28 December 2010.
  13. Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai: Movie Review. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved on 28 December 2010.
  14. Prachi Desai features in Teri Meri Kahaani | Latest Movie Features - Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  15. Bol Bachchan stars Asin and Prachi Desai at Mehboob studios. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  16. 4th Weekend Worldwide Box Office Collections Of BOL BACHCHAN. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  17. I Me Aur Main Review. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  18. Policegiri Cast & Crew, Policegiri Bollywood Movie Cast, Actor, Actress, Director - Filmibeat. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  19. Prachi Desai's smouldering act in her Ek Villain item song (en-US). Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  20. Prachi Desai Plays Cricketer's Wife in Azhar. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  21. Azhar first look: Emraan Hashmi dons blue for Azharuddin biopic : Bollywood, News - India Today. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  22. Prachi Desai gets fitter and leaner for 'Rock On 2' - Times of India. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  23. Farhan Akhtar starrer ‘Rock On 2’ to release on November 11 (2016-01-06). Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  24. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Winners, Judges & Hosts | XYJ.in. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  25. CID - Epsiode [sic] 641 - Once Upon A Time in Mumbai.
  26. Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann (7 February 2010).
  27. 27.0 27.1 Winners of Indian Telly Awards 2006.
  28. Winners of Kalakar Awards.
  29. Winners of Indian Telly Awards 2007.
  30. Winners of Indian Telly Awards 2008.
  31. Bollywood actress Prachi Desai holds Best Actress award for her film 'Rock On' during a 'Dabur Vatika Anandalok Puraskar 2008' in Kolkata - Photogallery. Retrieved on 2016-01-08.
  32. Lions Gold Awards - Prachi Desai.

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