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'I want to be like my mother, Smita Patil'

Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na sees more than just one star debut. Besides Aamir Khan's nephew, Imran, we will see Prateik Babbar on screen for the first time.

Son of the legendary Smita Patil and Raj Babbar, Prateik makes a cameo in the Abbas Tyrewala film, and plays Genelia D'Souza's brother.

The 21-year-old actor talks to Patcy N about his movie experience, and his famous parents.

Tell us about yourself.

I got into advertising when I was 18 years old. I went to Subhash Ghai's Whistling Woods for a term, and then to Kishore Namit Kapoor's acting classes. I have also attended salsa classes, by Sandeep Soparkar.

Did you complete your graduation?

No. I left college midway. I was doing nothing, so I joined [ad man] Prahlad Kakkad.

Didn't your elders get upset when you left college?

No. I am going to finish my graduation.

How did you join Prahlad Kakkad?

Prahlad was my mother's friend. I am a friend of his son, Arnav, too. I just called him one day and told him I want to join and he called me over. I joined his production team for two-three years. One day, I told Prahlad that I wanted to act in ads. That's how I acted in ads like Kit Kat and Pepsi.

How did you bag Jaane Tu?

I don't remember. I think Prahlad or one of my friends told me that the auditions were on, so I auditioned for it. Later, the casting director [and Abbas Tyrewala's wife] Pakhi told me I was selected.

I didn't know what role I was getting. I learnt only later -- when I read the script -- that I was going to play Genelia's younger brother. I shot for 20-25 days in Alibaug.

Why did you take up such a small role?

Pakhi told me it was a prominent role. She said that there is no meaning to the film without this character.

Video: Hitesh Harisinghani

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