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"I am confident, but never over confident" - Prachi Desai

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Prachi Desai
Prachi Desai started her career in television with Balaji Telefilm's Kasamh Se. After her long run in the television, Prachi has become the heart throb of not only the audience, but her producer Ekta also. And with her winning appearance in the coloured dance show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, she has attained fame in Bollywood also. Having faith in the support of her audience, Prachi is now ready to participate in another reality show Yeh Hai Jalwa on 9X.

We have a small table-talk with the propitious actress to share with you:

In your winning show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, you had a mentor to teach you dancing. But you are playing the role of a dance teacher to five guys in your soon-to-be-shown show Yeh Hai Jalwa. How have you prepared for the show?
I have not prepared much for the show. Actually all the children taking part in the show are so spontaneous and so energetic that I had to go with almost no preparation at all. I think all I have to concentrate on is to build up a relationship with them.

Rakhi told us that she is taking part in the show because there is no bride in the show. What would you like to say about that?
I must remind Rakhi that there are not one but four brides in the show. We all are brides in our respective shows but in this reality show we all are working as what we are. And I think I am not Bani, but Prachi Desai in this show. And as far as I can remember Rakhi said that she is taking part in the show because there is no bride from the channel 9X in this show, which makes her relieved.

You said that you are not over confident but just confident. Why so, when you have won a dance reality show recently?
Yeah, that's true. I am confident and never over confident. Believe me; I am saying this from the bottom of my heart. I was the winner in my last show but I cannot forget practising because of that. My last show has increased the expectation of my audience and I have to work even harder to fulfil their expectations. I won my last show because of the votes of my audience and I have to keep them in my mind. I have to teach dancing to five guys and I have to see that they win. It's now all about their dreams and I have to see that they don't lose their hopes because of me.

Don't you think that this expectation is an added pressure on you?
Not at all. I never think of that in this way. But you know the truth is that I get tired of working hard in my all other shows and shootings. But truly speaking, I have never felt any pressure from my audience. At the same time their expectations boost us for the best only.

You are the teacher of the group Masti Ki Pathsala in the show Yeh Hai Jalwa. How much do you enjoy?
I enjoy it too much. I am happy that I have students from colleges with me. And they are of my age. I have not seen my college for last two years, so being with them I can be little nostalgic sharing my college days. And besides rehearsing we spend much time together.

Do you share your college days with your students in the show?
I have just shot for two or three days with them. I don't think they feel comfortable with me as of now, because we have not interacted that much. But I am trying on and on so that they feel comfortable with me. And you know, the first day they came for the shooting, they addressed me as 'mam' only. But now they call me as Prachi only after I forbade them to call me 'mam'. I want them to be more casual with me so that we can perform even better.

You have signed a film with Farhan Akhtar. Please tell us about that film.
The name of the film is Rock On. We are still shooting for the film. It's the first film in both of our careers and that's why we both are working harder on that. It's completely based on Mumbai and I am playing the role of a young lady from Mumbai. It's quite a unique experience for me. I am really impressed that Farhan Akhtar is as good an actor as a director. I have no right to say anything else on that film now.

How can you relate yourself with the character?
She is like 50 percent to my real life character. But yeah, she is quite different from my character Bani. She is quite confident and hard working like me.

From bride to competitor in reality show and from there to actress in a film. How satisfied are you with this journey?
I am really happy and I am doing more than what I have ever expected. I am just hoping I use the chance to the fullest. Nobody would like to let such a chance go and I guess everyone would have worked equally hard for the offer.

Do you have any more wish that you like to achieve?
I don't have any particular dream. I have been living with the only dream of becoming an actress and that I have achieved that. Now I only hope to preserve what I have.

Audience has accepted you as a daughter-in-law. Do you think they will accept you as an actress too?
I think they will always be with me. And I pray to them for their support. I have taken the risk of acting in films depending on them. I love them the way they love me. I won the reality show only because of their votes and am preparing for the second reality show for them only. And I know they will never break my heart.

You are so busy with film and television these days. How do you arrange time for that?
I think my mother is facing more problems because of that time management. I still have few days to work for Kasamh Se. And at the same time I am working for films, too. And besides all I am doing the reality show also. So I need more time. But I am doing everything properly, I guess.

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