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Prachi Desai recalls being 'disrespected' by prominent directors: 'They wanted me to be hot'

  Actor Prachi Desai, who transitioned to movies after a successful career in television, has spoken about being disrespected by prominent directors and turning down sexist films. She said that for the longest time, all that she'd be asked to do was to focus on being 'hot'. She said that because of her refusal to take on thankless roles, a negative impression of her was formed in the film industry.
"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'," Prachi told a leading daily. "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," she said.
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," she said.
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