He studied martial arts in Bangkok and also has a black belt in Taekwondo. But not many know that Akshay Kumar, back in the ’90s, used to train Prateek, the grandson of his Deedar (1992) director Pramod Chakravorty, in martial arts. And now, the star is going all out to help his one-time student enter Bollywood with a bang.
“When my grandfather signed him (Akshay) up for Deedar, he taught me martial arts. But later, he got busy with his film career and I stopped the training. But I have always shared a warm relationship with him,” says Prateek, who has written and directed From Sydney With Love under his family banner, Pramod Films.
Prateek, who also stars in the film, says that “Akshay backing you serves as a huge confidence booster.” Apparently, the star — who launched the film’s music a few days ago — has also offered to do a cameo in the newbie’s film.
“Akshay has promised to work with me in the future. So after From Sydney With Love, I will work on a script. I haven’t decided whether I will act in the next film or not. In my upcoming movie too, I decided to act only because we couldn’t find anyone else to fit the role,” says Prateek. Interestingly, From Sydney With Love marks the golden jubilee of the production house that also made Deedar and Barood (1998).