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Prachi Desai reveals male filmmakers asked her to ‘work on being hot’: “I said no to some big, but very sexist films."

Prachi Desai shared that for a long time she was asked to focus on being 'hot' and went on to question the demands made by male filmmakers. Recalls how she was treated by some 'prominent directors'...

2021-05-21T06:42:00Z
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Prachi Desai

Prachi Desai has successfully carved her path from television into the movie business. She has proved her mettle with films like Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Bol Bachchan among others.

Lately, the actress has stirred up a storm with her shocking revelations during recent interviews. Now, during a recent interaction with ETimes, Desai revealed that she was disrespected by prominent directors and turned down sexist films.

The Azhar actress shared that for a long time she was asked to focus on being 'hot'. When refused to take on the thankless roles, Prachi said that a negative impression of her was formed in the industry. 

She said, "I have never wanted to work in films that are sexist. And in this industry, I have fought with this notion for a long time. All that people wanted me to be was 'hot'."

The 32-year-old actress went on to question the demands made by male filmmakers and asked, “How does a woman only get defined by that? Why is it that everyone wants to change a woman’s imagery, regardless of who or how she is?”

Prachi added, "The feedback I got from several male producers and directors was that I had to work on being hot. So, I picked less work and I chose to stay away. I said no to some big, but very sexist films."

Recalling how she was treated by some 'prominent directors', Prachi said that they were not used to being turned down. She said that often, she would be asked to sign on to a project without a script or a narration. 

"I could not possibly give the nod to a film like that. I dealt with this for two years before deciding to not put up with it anymore. The notion that others developed was that I was not interested. Word spread, and some people merely on hearsay didn’t approach me," Prachi Desai told ETimes.

Prachi Desai was recently seen in the one-of-a-kind investigative murder mystery ‘Silence… can you hear it?’ also starring Manoj Bajpayee and Arjun Mathur.


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