Prateik gives handy tips on how to crack headstrong women
How’s Bollywood been treating you?
I wasn’t expecting anything to be honest and I still don’t expect anything. The only thing I hope for is for my films to be appreciated and for my performance to be liked I’m absolutely grateful because of my mum, she left a mark in the industry. I do get a lot of work, which obviously I’m really grateful for, and I hold on to that. I love my job and like doing what I do and will continue to do so.
Did you always know that you wanted to be an actor?
I knew somewhat that I wanted to entertain but I had no idea that it would be acting. It could have been sport as I was really interested in cricket and I actually thought that I would always follow that dream but that dream died out and I moved up to showbiz and production, where I got a couple of breaks in commercials. I played a small cameo role, which I appreciated. I didn’t expect that after five scenes in a cameo role people would really like me and I’d be getting reviews! And since then it’s been non-stop work. It’s been a slow ride yet sure and I’m pretty satisfied.
Ekk Deewana Tha – quite an intense love story. Were you ready to take on a romantic lead?
Absolutely! As an actor I want to explore and it’s a real enough story that I could sense the reality in each character.
How do you crack headstrong girls?
They can be quite challenging! I guess you just have a way about you when you are in love. Especially the character I have played, you become much more shy, more coy about things. Everything comes straight from the heart and my character knows what he wants. He wants his girl by his side and really wants the relationship to work. There are problems, issues and family problems. There is a lot going on and a lot to expect!
What challenges did you face?
The dancing sequences and emotional scenes.
What was it like working with Amy Jackson?
It was absolutely amazing, she’s such a sweet girl. I’m kind of shy and she’s really funny to be around, which of course was really good.
Does age really make a difference?
Absolutely not! I think it’s all about the connection.