Posted on August 6, 2011 at 3:37 am

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Prakash Jha's mantra for newbie Prateik


Young Prateik was pretty nervous sharing the screen with such talented legends like Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee, Saif Ali Khan and even Deepika Padukone in his latest film “Aarakshan!” Of course, it’s totally understandable with a talented star cast like that anyone would be nervous!

“Aarakshan” is Prateik’s first real issue based film, in which he plays a headstrong realistic character, and his first drama and working with a director like Prakash Jha only added to his nervous confusion.  Prakash Jha, knew just the mantra to help make the young actor feel confident and sustain his focus during the shoot.

The team and the cast of Aarakshan starts to wonder what is this funny gesture of finger to nose, that Prateik keeps doing on the set, while waiting or prepping for his shots to be set up. During a scene, noticing this gesture of Prateik, curiosity got hold of Amitabh Bachchan and when he inquired it got revealed that the “mantra” for his confusion was as simple as, “Touch your finger to your nose, whenever you are confused,” said Prakash Jha to help him keep his focus and confidence.

Prateik is quite a talent he surely has the seeds of acting in him, after all he is Smita Patil’s son,” says Prakash Jha who took it upon himself to groom Prateik for the role and really take him under his wing. Following the lead of their director the rest of the Aarakshan family including Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone started constantly reminded Prateik of his new exercise and made sure he practiced his mantra.

Amitabh Bachchan being the legendary veteran actor that he is adds, “having worked with so many different directors, it was refreshing to see how Prakash handles his actors and really makes them feel comfortable while giving them such challenging characters, I wonder what other mantra’s he has in bag.” 

Keep it locked on Urban Asian to find out all the behind the scenes secrets from the movie “Aarakshan!”