Prateik started his career as a production assistant with ad filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar and then stumbled into acting. His first film was Aamir Khan Productions’ Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na for which he won critical acclaim for his role as an eccentric young man. After that, offers just poured in. This year alone, Prateik, son of the late actress Smita Patil, has done films like Dhobi Ghat, Dum Maro Dum and Aarakshan, working with directors like Kiran Rao, Rohan Sippy and Prakash Jha. His next film, My Friend Pinto with Kalki Koechlin, will release in October.One word that describes you best?
If a traffic constable hauled you up, what would you do?
I would roll down the window and say Kay sahib, jau deya na…
Your first kiss was…
It happened when I was 13.
What makes you feel sexy?
You get high on…
The colour pink for you is…
Good to look at, but I’d hardly wear it.
A tune you can’t get out of your head?
Don’t Cry by Guns N’ Roses.
What did you do with your first paycheque?
I blew it up.
The one law you would break if you could get away with it?
Choose: Air India or Indian Railways.
Indian Railways, they are more or less on time.
Do you love Luv Storys?
Yes I do.
The last time you rode on a bus?
Quite recently during the shoot of Dhobi Ghat.
What is the weirdest thing that ever went into your mouth?
You may not find it too weird, but for me getting mud in my mouth was weird.
Share a secret with us…you can trust us, we’ll only print it!
……… (Print the dots)!
You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. Choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. Why?
I will certainly go with the skateboard, because it’s cool!
Earth’s crowded and full of trash. Choose another planet.
Pluto, the furthest of the lot.
If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?
That's a tough one!
Life in the fast food lane: Choose your menu.
If you could be born either rich or intelligent, which would you choose?
You can't say both. If that’s the case, then I will definitely go with intelligence.
What makes your day?
A good workout.
What screws it up?
The last movie that made you cry?
I cry in almost every film.
Your favourite freedom fighter?
If you were the last person left on earth, what would you do?
I’d keep walking/driving.
From HT Brunch, September 25
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