Cricket goes hand-in-hand with Bollywood. But on the sets of Aarakshan, Prateik and Saif Ali Khan (son of cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) merged the two passions by bonding over the game. Not many are aware of the fact that Prateik has always had an inclination towards the sport.
In fact, the young actor has even won games for his team at state level matches. And he looks up to Saif’s father, also known as Tiger Pataudi, when it comes to the nuances of the bat and ball game. “Yes, that’s true (he and Saif bonded over cricket). I was a fast bowler for my school team. Learning from Saif was a great experience. We had a great time on the sets, talking about the sport in detail,” says Prateik.
In fact, Saif was quite surprised with the knowledge Prateik possesses about cricket. Since the young fanatic has been a fast bowler in school, Saif decided to teach him the trick of throwing a tennis ball hard on the pitch to make it move like a season ball. Saif had learned this trick from his father.
Till his college days, Prateik was convinced that he was going to try his luck in the world of cricket. The son of actors Raj Babbar and late Smita Patil apparently wanted to be a full-time pace bowler and a pinch-hitter like Irfan Pathan. But the actor quit playing when he was in class 12, which is when he discovered the world of lights, cameras and action. Aarakshan, directed by Prakash Jha, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Manoj Bajpayee apart from Prateik and Saif, among others. Prateik will also be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production, My Friend Pinto co-starring Kalki Koechlin.