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Name: Prachi Desai
Birthday: 12th September, 1988
Marital Status: Single
Awards: She has won 8 television awards for her popular soap ‘Kasamh Se’. Prachi also received the Indian Telly Award for Successful Bollywood Breakthrough for her debut film ‘Rock On!’. Thereafter, she has won and has been nominated for many awards for her films Rock On! as well as Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
Trivia: Prachi Desai sets a perfect example of a successful switch from television to the film industry. After being among the favorite ‘bahus’ of Indian television, she proved her acting talent even in Bollywood. She has also been the winner of ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’, a dance reality show on television.
Biography: A simple Gujarati girl, Prachi was born in Surat and studied till the ninth standard in St. Joseph Convent. She completed her higher studies in Sinhagad College in Pune. As a student, she won many prizes for her active participation in dancing and acting competitions. She had just completed her junior college studies when she gave it up to pursue a different career.
2006 brought a new turn in Prachi’s life when she got selected to play the lead role in soap-queen Ekta Kapoor’s television drama Kasamh Se. Her character ‘Bani’ opposite TV actor Ram Kapoor became a milestone and she became a popular face in every household. She won the Best Actress awards at many television awards functions like the Indian Telly Award and Sansui Television Award.
Prachi Desai also did a cameo in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, another popular show by Ekta Kapoor. Thereafter, she appeared in a dance reality show called Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa along with choreographer Deepak Singh. Despite getting eliminated in the initial stages, she returned as a wild card entry and eventually went on to win the show. She also headed a team of young dancers in another dance show ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’, but was eliminated soon.
The bubbly actress then made a transition to the film industry in 2008. She debuted in Abhishek Kapoor-directed ‘Rock On!!’ opposite Farhan Akhtar. Although the film was not a major box office earner, her performance was much acclaimed and appreciated by critics and audiences alike. The film won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, and Prachi won awards for the best debut. Her next film Life Partner, opposite Tusshar Kapoor, was a failure.
In 2010, she bounced back with Milan Luthria’s film ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ along with Emraan Hashmi, Ajay Devgn and Kangana Ranaut. She delivered a splendid performance which is why she grabbed the Best Supporting Actress awards and nominations at many award functions like IIFA Awards, Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards, Stardust Awards, Zee Cine Awards and Star Screen Awards.
Because of her impressive performance, filmmaker Kunal Kohli cast her in a cameo role in his film ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’. Although the role was small, Prachi received much recognition for it. This was followed by Rohit Shetty’s film Bol Bachchan, starring Ajay Devgn opposite Asin and Prachi opposite Abhishek Bachchan. While the film went on to earn 100-plus crores at the box office, the actress garnered many eyeballs for her charming looks and noteworthy acting.
Up next, Prachi will be seen in ‘I, Me Aur Main’, directed by comedian-turned director Kapil Sharma and produced by Goldie Behl. The film stars John Abraham in the lead role. Prachi’s fans can also expect her in K. S. Ravikumar’s first Bollywood film which will have Sanjay Dutt and Prakash Raj.