Bhubaneswar: She is the sweetheart of Ollywood (Odia film industry) with her chic style and baby-faced innocence. She had earlier made headlines for her acting prowess as much as link-ups with co-actors much older to her. Now, she is all set to ring in the New Year with a national television debut in a hindi telly serial.
Meet Prakruti Mishra, the daughter of music composer Manmath Mishra who will be soon seen on Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki to premier on STAR Bharat from Jan 1.
Prakruti will portray ‘Devyani’, a character with negative shades. “I am basically the malicious vamp in the show who is eyeing the protagonist’s wealth and property. This is a dream come true because I always wanted to play a major character on national television,” she said while talking to Odisha Sun Times exclusively, in between shots.
Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki is a romantic comedy and the Hindi remake of Bengali telly serial Bhajo Govindo that was telecast earlier on Star Jolsha. Prakruti, who has been cast along side seasoned Bengali telly actors of repute like Dipankar De and Sweta Bhattacharya, shoots for almost 12 hours a day in Mumbai and shares a lot of goofy selfies with her co-stars on the sets.
“I have been shooting for nine days now and the toughest thing I have had to do is be so nasty and spiteful to someone, even when it is just acting on the screen. It takes a lot of effort to be diabolical with all the vicious yelling, wicked gestures and sinister planning and plotting. Moreover, the elaborate costume and heavy make up that I have to put on for hours is a new experience for me,” said Prakruti, who began her career at a tender age of four and won the Best Child Artist Orissa State Film Award for Saasu Ghara Chaalijibi in 2006.
This 22-year-old actor and model was crowned Miss Odisha in 2012 and brought fame to Odisha as one of the Top 6 participants in reality show India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj on Zee TV in 2014. She won the hearts of the audience with her performances in Odia serial Tulasi and movie Thokool directed by Prashant Nanda. She is also an Odissi dancer and wants to pursue a Masters degree in psychology later.