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Prateik Babbar bags role in Bhansali's next project

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has signed on late actress Smita Patil's son Prateik Babbar for his next production 'My Friend Pinto' that will go on floors later this year. And the youngster is naturally delighted.

Thursday, October 01, 2009 | 2:34:33 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali has signed on late actress Smita Patil's son Prateik Babbar for his next production 'My Friend Pinto' that will go on floors later this year. And the youngster is naturally delighted.

'It'sPrateik Babbar a privilege to be working with Mr.Bhansali. When I met him I was amazed to find out how normal he is in spite of being an artist of such a high calibre,' Prateik told IANS.


'My Friend Pinto' will be directed by Raghav Dar, who assisted Mani Ratnam during 'Guru' and then served as associate director on Abbas Tyrewala's 'Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na'. That's when Dar and Prateik got to know each other.


'My Friend Pinto' would be Prateik's first author-backed title role. He had a captivating cameo in 'Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na' and his second film 'Dhobi Ghat' apparently has Aamir Khan playing the lead.


Prateik's aunt Manya Patil is thrilled by the progress he is making.


'When Abbas Tyrewala told me about the role in 'Jaane Tu ...Ya Jaane Na', I wasn't so sure. It sounded like a small role. But Abbas told me to trust him. And that the role was tailormade for Prateik. To his credit, the role turned out exactly the way it was narrated. I'm glad Prateik's career is working out.


'Today, there is room for all kinds of cinema. And like his mom, we want Prateik to be adventurous in his choices. I'm there to guide him, though I'm not really part of the film industry,' said the proud aunt.


Speaking on Prateik's life as a child since he lost his mother when he was born, Manya said: 'Actually Prateik has so many self-appointed mothers including my mother, my elder sister Anita and me, of course.'


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Posted on: 02 October 2009 at 12:17am
Wowies!! Cant wait to see him <3

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Posted on: 01 October 2009 at 10:01pm
@desi_sugar: he was Genelia's brother in the movie

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Posted on: 01 October 2009 at 3:01pm
Aadaa Smita Patilji was married to Raj Babbar...

All teh very best to Prateik and hope he can match the awesome talent that his late mother had....looking forward for his movies...

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Posted on: 01 October 2009 at 6:37am
good for him...he looks a lot like his mom but I can't help but see his dad in him too

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Posted on: 01 October 2009 at 6:32am
aww...Congrats Prateik..ur mom would be so proud...!!

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Posted on: 01 October 2009 at 4:20am
CONGO to Prateik.. he was awesome in JTYJN!

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Posted on: 01 October 2009 at 3:52am
thanxi just love this guy..i am a bit partial towards him cos he's smita patil's son who was a power house performer...but also cos he was simply amazing in jtyjn..he had such a small role in d movie but yet he shined through...he's one talented guy...can't wait for his next films...esp d one with aamir..all the best prateik

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