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Prateik and I are good friends: Amy Jackson

Bollywood may be abuzz with rumours surrounding Prateik’s ‘new friend’, but British model Amy Jackson says she moved to Mumbai from England for an acting career, not love.

entertainment Updated: Nov 25, 2011 15:49 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
Amy Jackson,Prateik,Ek Deewana Tha

For some time now, British model-actor Amy Jackson has been cranking up the rumour mills for being the ‘it girl’ in actor Prateik’s life. It has been widely suggested that he is dating his Ek Deewana Tha co-star. It all came to the fore after they attended an awards function together. Apparently, Prateik has also been helping Amy professionally. He is known to have played a key role in landing her a part in Nikhil Advani’s next, as well as a south Indian film. Reportedly, he has also been introducing her to several industry members.

But Amy has a different plan in mind. “I moved from England to India with the primary focus of an acting career, and not my love life. No, we are not having an affair,” she affirms, adding, “I don’t think we even have time for a relationship. It’s difficult to maintain one when you are so busy. We’re just really good friends.”

It is believed that whenever Amy is travelling out of Mumbai, Prateik makes it a point to drop her and pick her up from the airport. Amy accepts, “We are close to each other because we have spent five months working on a movie together. By the end of such a long period, the whole team gels well.”

Even as she talks about prioritising her career over her love life, another piece of information that is doing the rounds is that Prateik’s guardians aren’t too happy about him getting close to Amy.

They have, in fact, asked the Ek Deewana Tha marketing team to make sure the actors don’t promote the film together. But Amy is full of praise for Prateik. “He is a great co-star and has helped me a lot. He is talented and it’s nice to work with someone whom you can learn from,” says Amy, who plays a Christian-Malayali girl in the film. Next on her list is a Tamil movie that will be produced by UTV. Starring Vikram, the untitled project goes on the floors in January.

Meanwhile, the actor is working hard to prepare herself for Bollywood. “I started taking dance lessons a few weeks ago. Living in London, it’s not something I’m used to. So, it’s great fun,” says Amy, who also spends a couple of hours learning Hindi from a personal tutor everyday.

First Published: Nov 25, 2011 12:10 IST