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Prakash Jha impressed with Prateik Babbar

Prateik is only three films old, but he has already impressed veteran filmmaker Prakash Jha. He took Jha by complete surprise by the level of maturity in his performance.

bollywood Updated: Aug 02, 2011 19:59 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

Prateik is only three films old, but he has already impressed veteran filmmaker Prakash Jha. And for the uninitiated, the young actor apparently went through voice training — like a lot of other actors for Jha’s upcoming film Aarakshan. All the actors — including Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan — were required to speak in perfect Hindi for the filmmaker’s multi-starrer. But in the end, Jha was very impressed to see the level of maturity in Prateik’s performance.

“I must say, he is a fantastic actor and took me by complete surprise. He worked very hard on the language and mannerisms. In fact, he has portrayed Sushant so convincingly that I couldn’t have been more satisfied with it,” says Jha.

A few days ago, Jha had stated that Prateik “picked up the dialect very fast” for his film. Prateik is, of course, on cloud nine since Jha is considered one of the most difficult directors to impress. For his performance in Raajneeti (2010), Ranbir Kapoor too had worked very hard to live up to Jha’s expectations.

In Jha’s film, Prateik plays Sushant, a student who seems to have been caught between friendship and the prevailing system of reservation. According to Prateik, however, it was actor Aamir Khan, who literally taught him how to act since he never had any formal training in the field. Prateik played a pivotal part in the Aamir Khan production Dhobi Ghat, which was helmed by Khan’s wife, Kiran Rao as her directorial debut last year.

Ask Jha about the late Smita Patil and Raj Babbar’s son and he calls him “an extremely talented kid”. “From my experience in the industry, I can state that you can actually measure Prateik’s performance. You can say that his performance will be a little more or slightly less, but he would deliver almost perfectly every time,” says Jha.

Prateik made his debut in Bollywood with an extended cameo in Abbas Tyrewala’s Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008). But he made his full-fledged debut last year with Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat followed by Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum earlier this year. He will also be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming production, My Friend Pinto.

First Published: Aug 01, 2011 16:13 IST