In India it’s hard to dabble between TV, films: Prachi Desai

New Delhi: She started her career in 2006 with the television show “Kasamh Se” and later made a transition to the film industry in 2008 with “Rock On!!”. Actress Prachi Desai says for an artiste in India, it is difficult to juggle between TV and the silver screen.

“Unfortunately, in Bollywood or in the Indian film industry you really don’t have that liberty of sort of dabbling in the television industry as well as film industry if you are a mainstream actor, unlike the west.

“Here, there is a drastic difference between films and television shows,” Prachi told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

The “Azhar” actress says people like to believe that TV shows are “extremely relatable”, whereas films or film actors have to be “unattainable and aspirational”.

“I don’t see a match or a link between these two (films and TV), which is why in the Indian film industry we cannot really dabble with both,” Prachi added.

The 27-year-old actress, who has also contributed to TV shows like “Kasautii Zindagii Kay” and films like “Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai”, says an actor has to choose between the two mediums because it’s the image they have to pick.

She feels that either a celebrity can choose to be a “household name” or be someone who is “aspirational”.

“Besides that, I think we don’t have that many finite series on TV. It’s amazing that we have had Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. Anil Kapoor do some of the most amazing shows. If there are things like that, then I am sure actors can take a lot of liberty provided they have the time…

“Other than that, I don’t see that (film actors taking on infinite series on TV) happening because our shows go on forever,” she said.