"But they think I am too pretty."
Prachi Desai spoke about the reaction to her role in Forensic as well as the challenges she has faced due to her appearance over the years.
Forensic was released on ZEE5 on June 24, 2022, and also stars Vikrant Massey, Radhika Apte and Rohit Roy.
Prachi plays a psychoanalyst hiding a dark secret.
Her role has been praised and she is thankful for the opportunity.
Prachi said: “These are the kind of roles I have always wanted to play and I think it’s OTT that deserves the credit.
“This is the place where people are taking big risks and giving you opportunities one never really thought about.”
Prachi has never played a negative role and speaking about getting into the role, she said:
“You have to go into these grey zones, which are very uncomfortable.
“I think as an actor, it just came. It was easy. The funny part is I would instantly switch on and switch off.
“If you see the shot after it was cut and if the camera was still rolling, I was laughing.
“And I don’t mean this in a wrong way. I don’t want anyone to think I was enjoying it.
“I don’t know how to put it correctly but you don’t want to dwell too long. You really shouldn’t for your mental health.”
Prachi said that before the rise of streaming platforms, she struggled to land challenging roles, mainly due to her appearance.
“To some extent, it was a kind of a barrier that I was facing.
“In the past, if there was any role of this kind or nature, they always thought I have a very soft face for it.
“I’m pretty so what you do with that. Nobody really knew how they could turn this around to their advantage.
“At the end of the day, cross-casting is really commendable. Those are the things that make you sit up and notice.
“It’s very easy to keep casting people in the same roles over and over again since you’re very comfortable watching them do that.”
Recently, she was told she was “too pretty” for certain roles.
Prachi Desai admitted that she was unsure whether the comment was meant as a compliment.
“I heard this just a while ago before Forensic came out.
“There was an interesting role and somebody from the platform said, ‘Don’t you think she is too pretty for it?’
“I said thank you to the director for at least telling me that. I am just happy here that they are not doubting my skill, they don’t think I lack anything there.
“But they think I am too pretty. I really don’t know what’s the right reaction for that but I’m definitely not going to take that negatively.”
Despite this, Prachi is happy to be told this as the feedback helps her to improve.
“At every stage of your life, there will be these barriers that you have to push harder against and get past them.”
“Unfortunately, a lot of times they will not be in your control. But at least now I know this is what they think.
“Had I not, I’d keep wondering why I’m not doing these kinds of roles and parts.
“It’s good to know about these barriers and find your way around them.”
According to Prachi Desai, the best part about acting in these roles is that she gets self-satisfaction.
She added: “It’s not about proving anything to anyone but just the fact that there is a box.
“It’s really for your own satisfaction that there is so much more that you can really do.”