Earlier, Prateik Babbar, son of Smita Patil and Raj Babbar was offered Saawariya and he refused to do it. But now the actor is ready for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production venture, My Friend Pinto. It will be his first lead role.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali was always wanted to work with Smita Patil once, but his wish didnâ€™t fulfill. But the filmmaker has signed in her son Prateik for his next production, Raghav Dar will direct the film. Raghav has previously worked as assistant to Mani Ratnam on Guru and associate Assistant to Abbas Tyrewala for Jaane Tu Ya… Jaane Na. Prateik and Raghav met on the sets of Jaane Tu… and decided that someday they will work together in future.
Prateik did a cameo role in Jaane Tu… and received Jury Certificate for Outstanding Performance at Filmfare Awards. Regarding his career, Prateik’s aunt Manya Patil is pretty happy for him. She said, “Do you know Prateik was offered Saawariya at the very initial stage of the film when Sanjay was undecided about who to cast as the lead? But back then, Prateik was not interested in acting. He was at a stage in life where he was not sure which way to go next. Then Abbas offered him JTYJN. It seemed too small a role to me, but Abbas asked me to trust him with the role. And just like he had assured me, the role was good and Prateik’s career is shaping up well.”
However the actor said, “I’m happy to work with Mr. Bhansali.”