Prachi Desai is an Indian Television actress best known for her role as Bani in the Hindi television drama Kasamh Se.
Prachi Desai was born in Gujarat. In a short span of time she attained a lot of success in Hindi serial and is a hit Indian television actress. Apart from being a part of Jhalak Dikhla Ja 2 and Kasamh Se she played the main role of 'Bani" she has also worked in another serial Kasauti Zindagi Ki where she played the cameo of Prachi Desai Patel. In Kasamh Se she essays the role of Bani. Most recently she featured in the popular celebrity dance competition show Jhalak Dikhla Ja 2 in which she was first voted out but after coming back as a wildcard entry went on to create history and win the show. Recently, she worked as an actress in the movie, "Rock On", made by Abhishek Kapoor, in which she played wife of Farhan Akhtar. The film is very talked about in bollywood news. Prachi had to leave her very successful role of "Bani" in Kasam Se to act in "Rock On".
Prachi Desai was born in Gujarat, India. She studied in St Joseph Convent, Panchgani and completed her schooling from Surat, Gujarat. Her present residence is in Lokhandwala Mumbai with her mother, Ameeta Desai and her siblings. She maintains a close intimate relationship with her mentor and close personal friend Ekta Kapoor. Her hobbies are acting, sports, listening to music and sketching.
Acting was her passion since childhood - Her father and uncle had done various of Gujarati plays - though she started with a short modelling workshop. She went to Pune for higher studies and had almost finished her junior college when her pictures were sent to Balaji Telefilms and she got a call for an audition for Kasamh Se. She just turned 17 when her career began on Kasamh Se and left her studies for a while. Now she is continuing with correspondence course. She has also starred in her first movie Rock On !! which was released on August 29, 2008 and Farhan Akhtar as her co-star.
Kasamh Se is the serial that Prachi Desai starred in and got her fame on Zee TV. She has captured many a hearts with this program acting as innocent but strong willed Bani Dixit (Now Bani Walia). Prachi has become the sweetheart and role model for many young girls across the globe from Punjabi's to Americanized Indians. In the serial Bani goes through many trials leading from forceful marriage to the adultery of her husband. Through it all Bani learns to love her husband again. The show is still proceeding and has millions of viewers world wide. The serial's stars have won many awards in the Indian Television Awards 2006 and bagged Best Serial at the Sansui Television Awards 2007. The show started in January 2006 and is expected to finish around the year 2009. Prachi left Kasamh Se on April 15, 2008. Prachi Desai's character Bani is burnt in the episode 564 of kasamh se and she drowned in water and she left the serial, she has not quit the drama serial, as she will eventually return.She will be returning in last week of January. New bani will turn out to be villian. She is actually in the role of Rakshanda khan who was earlier Ram kapoor's girlfriend
Kasautii Zindagii Kay was aired on Star Plus which was a TV serial in which Prachi did a cameo for 2 days as a school student in Prerna's school. Prachi Desai was her character name in Kasauti Zindagi Ki. She had finally did her age. In the serial she works as a student who tries to go with her lover far away without the permission of her parents and was caught by the serial's heroine who complains this to her and her lover's parents.
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
Prachi then entered Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa the Indian version to BBC Strictly come dancing on September 7, 2007 with Choreographer Deepak Singh. Prachi impressed the judges every week, but was ultimately eliminated on November 10, 2007 but entered the contest again via the Wildcard entry on November 23, 2007. Prachi then landed a spot in the Grand Finale of the dance show on December 15, 2007 and won the 1st place against her other contestants. Prachi Desai was awarded the Dancing star of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2.However it has been alleged that she was made to return as a wild card entry inspite of her elimination due to a direct intervention from her close personal friend Ekta Kapoor which compelled the producers of the show to change the international format of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.
It was later announced by Sony Entertainment Television Asia that Prachi would compete in a tribute show to Jhalak competition called Dard e Disco alongside with other former Jhalak contestants which aired on Sony Entertainment Television Asia on December 31, 2007
Yeh Hai Jalwa
Later, Prachi entered another dance reality show on 9X the Hindi general entertainment channel the first of its kind - ‘Vodafone Yeh Hai Jalwa’. In this show ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’ Prachi Desai is the mentor for five college students and trained "Masti Ki Paathshaala" team.On Sunday, April 20, 2008 she got eliminated from the show.It is said that as the voting lines closed in 4 hours instead of 24 hours, many fans could not vote for her.