Actors are generally known to be a gregarious lot. However, Prateik, who continues to remain aloof, particularly as far as the media is concerned, has decided to not do any interviews for his forthcoming films. He has also refused to listen to his maternal aunt Manya Patil and manager’s advice to undergo therapy to be more outgoing. He feels that since he acts with conviction, he should not be pressurised to be more sociable.
A friend of the Patils says, "The family and his manager suggested that he should undergo counselling to overcome his shyness. They feel that being friendlier will help build his image, as the media has always been positive towards him. However, he feels that his work speaks for him."
Although Prateik is a reserved person, the friend says that once the ice is broken, he can’t stop talking. "While he won’t talk too much if put in a roomful of people, he’s observant and makes use of that to add that realistic touch to his performances."
While the Patils were unavailable for comment, Rohan Sippy, who has directed the actor in Dum Maaro Dum, says, "Prateik goes into a shell when there are a lot of people around. But the moment the camera is switched on, it’s a revelation to see him light up the screen. It’s like his shyness gets an outlet."