Was an ab­so­lute mess for five years: Prateik

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Prateik Bab­bar (right) be­came one of the most sought af­ter ac­tors af­ter he made his de­but in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) as Genelia Deshmukh’s brother. De­spite a great start, his ca­reer didn’t take off and has been on a slip­pery slope since then. The last few years have been full of turmoil, where he bat­tled drug ad­dic­tion and had a heart break af­ter part­ing ways with Amy Jack­son. Nev­er­the­less, Bab­bar is now charged up for a come­back in films.

“I want to con­cen­trate on act­ing. I’m do­ing a few plays and hop­ing that film­mak­ers cast me in their next films. I love act­ing, and I missed it for last few years,” says the son of ac­tors Raj Bab­bar and Smita Patil. Bab­bar has fin­ished shoot­ing for a Ben­gali film, and is now do­ing a play called Six, based on a ho­mo­sex­ual cou­ple.

Putting his dark days be­hind him, he says, he doesn’t put the blame on any­one else for his short­com­ings. “I was an ab­so­lute mess for the last five years be­cause of drug abuse and de­pres­sion,” he says, adding, “I want to re­build my­self, and fo­cus my en­ergy on work now. Learn­ing method act­ing, I think, has made me more ca­pa­ble as an actor.” Bab­bar is pos­i­tive about mak­ing a come­back and says.

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