He has forever been compared to his late actor-mother Smita Patil but never reacted to it. But now, an otherwise shy and reserved Prateik has broken his silence and revealed how he feels burdened to live up to the image of his legendary mother.
“Sure I do (feel the pressure) to live up to it. I’m the son of someone so celebrated. But I don’t want to be exactly like her or make films she would have made. I’m going to be myself,” he confessed during his recent visit to the Capital.
“I don’t think much about it. Whether I live up to people’s expectations or my own, we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m trying to explore myself as a being and now as an artist. That is my only goal now,” added the actor, who was here on Day 3 of the ongoing Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab Cinema on Monday, where his film Dhobi Ghat was screened. Asked about his shy nature, he said, “I am naturally shy. I guess its just my personality trait.”
His filmography boasts of only two successes — Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na and Dhobi Ghat, despite having done some bigger films such as Dum Maro Dum, Aarakshan and My Friend Pinto. But he doesn’t mind. “I am at an age where I can explore and make all my mistakes ... my only focus in life is to do as many good films and as many good characters as I can. I’m looking forward for a long run in acting,” said the actor, who will be next seen in Issaq.