Dishy, jittery and introvert are the words that best describes this handsome hunk who has acting deep inside his genes. When your mother is a Smita Patil and your father Raj Babbar, you can no ways have any other career other than a stint with the tinsel town. An actor par excellence, Prateik is known for his off beat roles which are commercially viable too. But the actor who made many eyes blink with his supporting act in Imran Khan- Genelia d’Souza starrer “Jaane Tu ya Janne Na” has already made aniche for himself in the industry today. Definitely touted as one with a very promising future ahead, Prateik made his first solo lead act look proper, though Ek Deewana Tha, his first as the lead hero failed to entice audiences. But with a backing of power packed performances: be it Kiran Rao’s “Dhobi Ghat” or Prakash Jha’s “Aarakshan”, Prateik is definitely one of the most under-rated actors in the industry today. With cute chocolate boy looks and an extremely dishy yet grunt appearance; he can knock your bails off any moment any day!
For more spice and all the mirch masala, over to the man himself.
Post giving a mind boggling performance in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, you must be feeling great. Everyone around is applauding you for the performance. So how do you feel?
It gives me such a Wow feeling. And most importantly, this was a movie which had a nice message and most importantly the script was very good. But yes, I am not riding high on it though because few people haven’t been happy with the film in total. But you know it’s like come and gone. I just need to keep working even harder now.
Your mom, the late Smita Patel was a very talented actress of her generation and is still remembered for her power of expressions. Being her son, do you feel there is too much pressure on you to deliver?
It is not like that at all. She was completely magical on screen. I can never even dare to compare myself with her. It is just that I carry forward the same genes and the same flesh and blood, but if you compare the skills, I am yet to even be eligible to compete with her.
And then she had shared great on screen rapport with Amitabh Bachchan. And with Aarakshan you also shared screen space with him. How does it feel?
Surreal would be the best word to describe my feeling. It is something that has come and gone so the feeling hasn’t really sunk in. But by far, this would be the best moment in my career graph where I got to share screen space with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.
You did some terrific films starting from ‘Jaane tu’, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, ‘Dhobi Ghat’, ‘Aarakshan’ and now ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ which were diverse in their characterizations. What’s the main criteria on the basis of which you take up a film?
The most important thing for me would be the script. Secondly, it would be my character and obviously it would be nice to see how challenging a role can be for me to play. Getting out of your comfort zone and cracking something that you are not used to is another high.
All yours films that clicked have had an ensemble cast. ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ was the first solo hero film you did and it didn’t quite live upto the expectations. Are you upset?
Yes, to a certain extent. But I am not letting that affect me anymore. It’s come, and gone and everyone who had been involved in it didn’t really get what they deserved, including me. It was a crazy roller coaster ride but hopefully my next films would be better.
You share a sizzling on as well as an off screen relationship with beau Amy Jackson. Tell us more about it.
As for Amy, you would never get to realize how beautifully she underplays her character. Once you watch her on screen, she can create magical moments, given the fact that she is an amazing influence. It was an amazing experience of working with her and we hope to do some more films together.
If you were stranded on an island with Amy, you would: Make sure she kept me alive and I kept her alive.
A secret which no one else knows: I look at myself in the mirror more than a girl. I am not proud of it though.
Your favourite cuisine: Junk food.
Something that you go bananas over: Superhero movies.
A body part that makes you look sexy: My nose!
Something you wish you could change about yourself: I wish I was taller than what I am now!
One role you wish you had played: Heath Ledger’s joker in the Dark Knight
Three words that best describe you: Curious, goofy, and passionate.
One thing that separates you from your contemporaries: I don’t lead a star’s life.
A message for your fans:
Whoever you guys are, wherever guys are, thank you for all the love and support. I promise to give it back to you.