Prachi Tehlan is an Indian netball and basketball player, and an actress. Prachi is former captain of the Indian Netball Team which represented India in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and in other major Asian Championships in 2010-11. Under her captaincy, the Indian team won its first medal in 2011 South Asian Beach Games.
She made her acting debut in the TV series Diya Aur Baati Hum on Star Plus in January 2016. She made her Pollywood debut as “Nimmy” in the film ARJAN opposite Roshan Prince on 31 March 2017. On October 2017 her second Punjabi movie opposite Binnu Dhillon “Bailaras” was released.
In November 2017 she starred in Star Plus show “Ikyawann” as the female lead.
To grace our April cover, we have with us the multi-talented athlete and actor, Prachi Tehlan, sharing with us her dreams & hopes as an actor!
After being the captain of the Indian Netball Team which represented India in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, you made your television debut with the hit serial Diya Aur Baati Hum in 2016. What lead you to take this switch in career towards acting?
It was an opportunity out of nowhere. I took it as a sign of destiny who must have planned something bigger for me. I just went with the flow and took a decision and a risk to change my profession and city in a matter of 3 days. I am glad I made this choice and I feel I am living a dream which millions aspire too.
Under your captaincy, the Indian team won its first medal in 2011 South Asian Beach Games. You have also been given the title of “Queen of The Court” by The Times of India & “Lass of The Rings” by The Indian Express. Introduce us to your history with sports. When did you start playing netball?
I started playing when I was in class 7th and my coach asked me to start playing basketball because I was tall even then. I remember being 5’8 in class 8th when I played my first national in Under – 14 category representing Delhi. I played both basketball and netball for Delhi and India and was the proud captain to get India it’s first medal. I started playing netball in college when again I was picked while playing a basketball game as I was always a fine shooter with a great conversion rate.
To prepare for your film debut role, you lost over 15 kgs. Share your journey to achieve weight loss. What was your workout routine like back then?
Thats not the fact. No one asked me to reduce any weight. Actually I got into acting because I was 92 kgs and tall.. and that was the requirement of the character in Diya Aur Baati Hum. When I started working for it.. soon I realised that there is more for me in this industry and that I have got this role because I looked a certain way but not everytime the destiny is going to favour me and I would have to be in shape to try for more new and challenging roles. Hence it was a deliberate effort from my end to reduce my weight. I started reducing as soon as I joined the industry and within 3 months I was 18 kgs down. I had no time for workout. I was unhealthy because of reducing weight which I would not recommend to anyone. I was on a shake diet and no eating. It was very effective but it did get a lot of weakness in me.
I suggest people to go slow and the healthy way. There can never be running away from efforts you make to do good for yourself and your body.
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