EXCLUSIVE: Prachi Desai on sexism in the film industry: I wait for 12 hours because the man’s close up will be taken first
In the industry, there are disparities between male and female stars even in small things. A more spacious makeup van is given to male actors. Not to mention the pay gaps. Even actors like Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma has spoken about it. Has Prachi Desai faced this? In exclusive chitchat with Bollywood Bubble, the pretty actress shared her unfair experiences in the film industry.
Prachi who was last seen in Silence gives a straight reply on this. “I am still going through this day in day out. There are certain requirements an actress has while shooting and when you sign up for a project we actually have to tell them about the basic requirements as well. We are not even asking for the moon. I don’t know why it is so difficult to understand this. And many big female stars have faced this,” shares the actress.
Prachi also points out an interesting aspect of the industry, “Any female actress will be called a Diva – just because you have to do hair and makeup which is a job requirement. Sometimes I have to sit with hair and make up for 2 hours patiently and then come early to the set to get ready. I have to wait for even close to 12 hours to take my close up as the man’s close up will be taken first. And also I need some extra time to remove all the makeup stuff from my face and hair and then I can head home. Whereas a male actor can just change his costume and can leave the set.”
The Rock On actress also shares that there are times when she had to pay for her hair and make up for a professional shoot. Whereas the male actor’s hair and makeup expenditure had been taken care off. Prachi says, “I sometimes want to understand and ask these people – they also have their mothers, daughters and wives at home so is it a right thing to do? These are the basic things which they need to take care of. It’s a male-driven industry and this is a fight for us.”
In her latest release Silence, Prachi is essaying the role of a cop Sanjana, who is brought in to operate on a complicated case. After making her debut with Ekta Kapoor’s show Kasamh Se, at the early age of 17, Prachi made swift moves, and landed herself a great debut in Farhan Akhtar and Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On!! After that, the actress was seen opposite Emraan Hashmi in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, which also featured Kangana Ranaut and Ajay Devgn. Post-2015 Prachi has slowed down a bit and worked on selected projects.