Prachi Desai

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Prachi Desai
Prachi Desai graces Lakme Fashion Week 2018, Day 5 (16).jpg
Prachi Desai graces Lakme Fashion Week 2018 – Day 5
Born (1988-09-12) 12 September 1988 (age 31)[1]
Years active2004–present

Prachi Desai (born 12 September 1988)[1] is an Indian film actress 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 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]

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.[6]

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


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.[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 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.[11]

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.[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 lead 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]



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 Pari Short film
2019 Kosha Kareena Singaniya Post-production


Years Title Role Language Notes
2006–2008 Kasamh Se Bani Dixit (Bani Jai Walia) / Durga Dasgupta / Maithili Mitra / Anamika Dasgupta 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
2014 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Herself Hindi Guest
2016 The Kapil Sharma Show Herself to Promote film Azhar Hindi Guest
2016 Naagin Herself to Promote film Azhar Hindi Guest

Awards and nominations[edit]

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
Star Guild Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
2012 Bol Bachchan Stardust Award Best Breakthrough Performance – Female Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Prachi Desai, happy birthday!". Zee News India. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "I am lucky:Prachi Desai". Times of India. 9 December 2007. 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 family, childhood photos". Celebrity family wiki. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Prachi Desai goes back to school". mid-day. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Prachi Desai on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  9. ^ a b "I am not quitting 'Kasam Se': Prachi Desai". MSN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Prachi Desai wants to 'rock on' with Shahid and Hrithik". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Prachi Desai takes away Jhalak Dikhla Jaa pie". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Prachi couldn't handle saree in Life Partner". One India. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  13. ^ "Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai: Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  14. ^ "Prachi Desai features in Teri Meri Kahaani | Latest Movie Features – Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Bol Bachchan stars Asin and Prachi Desai at Mehboob studios". PINKVILLA. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  16. ^ "4th Weekend Worldwide Box Office Collections Of BOL BACHCHAN". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  17. ^ "I Me Aur Main Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Policegiri Cast & Crew, Policegiri Bollywood Movie Cast, Actor, Actress, Director – Filmibeat". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Prachi Desai's smouldering act in her Ek Villain item song". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  20. ^ "Prachi Desai Plays Cricketer's Wife in Azhar". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Azhar first look: Emraan Hashmi dons blue for Azharuddin biopic : Bollywood, News – India Today". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Prachi Desai gets fitter and leaner for 'Rock On 2' – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Farhan Akhtar starrer 'Rock On 2' to release on November 11". The Indian Express. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Winners, Judges & Hosts |". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  25. ^ "CID – Epsiode [sic] 641 – Once Upon A Time in Mumbai".
  26. ^ "Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann". 7 February 2010.
  27. ^ a b "Winners of Indian Telly Awards 2006".
  28. ^ "Winners of Kalakar Awards" (PDF).
  29. ^ "Winners of Indian Telly Awards 2007". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  30. ^ "Winners of Indian Telly Awards 2008". Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  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 8 January 2016.
  32. ^ "Lions Gold Awards – Prachi Desai".

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