Prachi Desai

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Prachi Desai
Cast of 'Bol Bachchan' interview at Mehboob studio 04 Prachi Desai.jpg
Desai promoting Bol Bachchan in 2012
Born (1988-09-12) 12 September 1988 (age 32)[1]
Years active2004–present

Prachi Desai[1] (born 12 September 1988) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films and television. She started her television career as lead protagonist in the successful TV drama Kasam Se on Zee TV. She made her Bollywood debut in the 2008 film Rock On!!. Her other notable features include Life Partner (2009), 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] In April 2021 interview , Prachi Desai opened up about her casting couch experience for a big film.[6]

Early life and background[edit]

Desai was born in Surat, Gujarat to Niranjan Desai and Ameeta Desai.[2] She has one sister named Esha Desai.[7]

Desai studied in St. Joseph Convent school,[8] Panchgani and completed her schooling until ninth grade in Surat. She completed her higher studies in Sinhagad College in Pune.[9]


In 2006, Desai got selected to play the lead role in Ekta Kapoor's television drama Kasam Se. She was cast as Bani, opposite TV actor Ram Kapoor.[10][11] 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 was eliminated on 10 November 2007 but entered the contest again via wildcard entry and ultimately won the competition. Desai was awarded the Dancing Star of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.[12]

Desai also worked in the TV series Kasauti Zindagi Ki on Star Plus as a cameo for two episodes. She played a school student in Prerna's school.

Desai with Rock On!! team at music launch

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.[10]

Her next film was Life Partner (2009).[13] In July 2010, she appeared in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai with Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut.[14]

In 2012, she appeared in Teri Meri Kahaani in a cameo role.[15] Desai then appeared in a lead role in Bol Bachchan opposite Abhishek Bachchan, along with Ajay Devgn and Asin.[16] The film proved to be Desai's biggest box office success till date.[17]

Desai next appeared in I, Me Aur Main (2013) with John Abraham and Chitrangada Singh.[18] She did another film Policegiri with Sanjay Dutt.[19] In 2014, she appeared in an item number for Ek Villain in a song called "Awari".[20]

In 2016, Desai played former cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin's wife Naureen in his biopic film Azhar opposite Emraan Hashmi.[21][22] 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.[23][24]

Desai will be returning back to silver screen after almost 4 years with Zee 5 film Silence...Can You Hear It? which is scheduled to release on 26 March 2021 also starring Manoj Bajpai , Arjun Mathur , Sahil Vaid and Vaquar Sheikh. She will be acting in Kosha - A dark urban tale fantasy starring Prachi Desai in lead role.



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
Bol Bachchan Radhika Raghuvanshi
2013 I, Me Aur Main Gauri Dandekar
Policegiri Sehar
2014 Ek Villain Dancer Special appearance in song "Awari"
2016 Azhar Naureen Azhar
Rock On 2 Sakshi
2017 Carbon Pari Short film
2021 Silence... Can You Hear It? Sanjana Bhatia Zee 5 film
2021 Kosha Sonia Sawant Post-production


Years Title Role Notes
2006–2009 Kasam Se Bani Dixit (Bani Jai Walia) / Durga Dasgupta / Maithili Mitra / Anamika Dasgupta Lead role
2006 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Prachi Chauhan Extended cameo
2007 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Contestant Winner[25]
2010 C.I.D. Herself[26] Episodic guest
Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann Herself[27] Guest
2014 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Herself Guest
2016 The Kapil Sharma Show Herself to Promote film Azhar Guest
Naagin Herself to Promote film Azhar Guest

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year [a] Award Category Film / TV Series Result Ref.
2006 Indian Telly Awards Best Fresh New Face (Female) Kasamh Se Won [28]
Best Onscreen Couple (Shared with Ram Kapoor) Won
Kalakar Awards Best Actress (Television) Won [29]
2007 Zee Rishtey Awards Favourite Bhabhi-Nanand Rishta (Shared with Ashwini Kalsekar) Won
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [30]
2008 Special Recommendation Won [31]
2009 Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Rock On!! Nominated [32]
Stardust Award Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated [33]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Female Nominated [34]
Anandalok Puraskar Awards Best Actress (Hindi) Won [35]
Star Sabse Favorite Awards Favorite Nayi Heroine Won [36]
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated [37]
2011 Best Supporting Actress Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Nominated [38]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [39]
Kalakar Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [40]
Lions Gold Awards Lions Favorite Actress in Supporting Role Won [41]
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won [42]
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [43]
Stardust Awards Best Actress in an Ensemble Cast Won [44]
Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Won [45]
2013 Stardust Award Best Breakthrough Performance – Female Bol Bachchan Nominated [46]


  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.


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  2. ^ a b c "I am lucky:Prachi Desai". The Times of India. 9 December 2007. Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Prachi Desai is new face of Neutrogena cosmetics in India". Mid-Day. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 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 8 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Lux Lyra – Prachi Desai". 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  6. ^ Prachi Desai on getting replaced in films, facing sexism, casting couch for a big film | Her Story, retrieved 19 April 2021
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  8. ^ "Prachi Desai goes back to school". mid-day. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  9. ^ @ItsPrachiDesai (30 May 2014). "HT BRUNCH - Personal Agenda :)" (Tweet). Retrieved 8 January 2016 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ a b "I am not quitting 'Kasam Se': Prachi Desai". MSN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Prachi Desai wants to 'rock on' with Shahid and Hrithik". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  12. ^ "Prachi Desai takes away Jhalak Dikhla Jaa pie". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Prachi couldn't handle saree in Life Partner". One India. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  14. ^ "Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai: Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  15. ^ "Prachi Desai features in Teri Meri Kahaani | Latest Movie Features – Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Bol Bachchan stars Asin and Prachi Desai at Mehboob studios". Pinkvilla. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  17. ^ "4th Weekend Worldwide Box Office Collections Of BOL BACHCHAN". Boxofficecapsule. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  18. ^ "I Me Aur Main Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Policegiri Cast & Crew, Policegiri Bollywood Movie Cast, Actor, Actress, Director – Filmibeat". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  20. ^ "Prachi Desai's smouldering act in her Ek Villain item song". Bollywoodlife. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Prachi Desai Plays Cricketer's Wife in Azhar". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Azhar first look: Emraan Hashmi dons blue for Azharuddin biopic : Bollywood, News". India Today. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Prachi Desai gets fitter and leaner for 'Rock On 2'". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Farhan Akhtar starrer 'Rock On 2' to release on November 11". The Indian Express. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Winners, Judges & Hosts |". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  26. ^ "CID – Epsiode [sic] 641 – Once Upon A Time in Mumbai".
  27. ^ "Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann". 7 February 2010.
  28. ^ "Aamna Sharif, Ram Kapoor take top honours at Indian Telly Awards 2006". Indian Television. 25 November 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  29. ^ "Winners of Kalakar Awards" (PDF).
  30. ^ "Winners of Indian Telly Awards 2007". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  31. ^ "Winners of Indian Telly Awards 2008". Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  32. ^ "15th Star Screen Awards Nominations". Screen. Archived from the original on 21 January 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  33. ^ "Stardust Awards 2009". Stardust Awards. 28 February 2009. SET MAX.
  34. ^ "Nominations for the IIFA Awards 2009". Bollywood Hungama. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
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  36. ^ "Sabse favourite". Hindustan Times. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  37. ^ "54th Idea Filmfare Awards". Filmfare Awards. 8 March 2009. SET.
  38. ^ "Nominations for 56th Filmfare Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  39. ^ "Winners of 12th IIFA Awards 2011". The Hollywood Reporter. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  40. ^ "Award time for Prachi". Hindustan Times. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  41. ^ "Winners of Lions Gold Awards 2010". Pinkvilla. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  42. ^ "Winners of 6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  43. ^ "Nominations for 17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  44. ^ "Stardust Awards 2011 Winners". Pinkvilla. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  45. ^ "Hrithik-SRK beat Salman; hailed as best actors at the Zee Cine Awards". Zee News. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  46. ^ "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2013". Bollywood Hungama. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2020.

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