Prateik has gotten over his chicken pox attack. The young actor is back on his feet. And how! Back from the shooting of Rohan Sippy's Dum Maro Dum, he's busy being rigorously trained in Western dance forms under Sandip Soparkar.
Prateik goes on stage for a charity show in aid of destitute kids this week where he'll dance like there's no tomorrow.
Confirming these developments, Prateik's aunt Manya Patil says, "Prateik has been practising hard in all the Western dance forms... the Salsa, tango, waltz, you name it. Filmy dancing was one area he was weak in. Now he's making up in that area."
Continues the proud aunt, "When Prateik did Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na, he wasn't sure if he was going to be an actor. The aim now is to be a full-on Hindi film hero. But at the same time Prateik is very much grounded to a reality beyond cinema."
Says his proud and protective aunt, "I take him with me to travel all over the country and outside. I want his world -vision to be broadened and to accommodate all kinds of reality not necessarily born from cinema. At home we don't discuss cinema incessantly. Prateik has to understand that there is a vast world outside cinema."
Not that Prateik hasn't been catching up on movie experiences. He has been avidly watching all the Hindi classics including his mother Smita Patil's, but sometimes seems to enjoy the performances of other actors more than his mother's.
Says his aunt, "Prateik saw Chakra and said he liked his Naseer Uncle better than his mom. I looked at him sternly. But he has his own mind. And uses it liberally. He knows exactly what to do."
Prateik is making more money than most actors of his age, thanks to the upswing in his career. But he still gets the same pocket money at home that he did before he became an actor. Not a penny more not a penny less!
Says his aunt, "Though Prateik's life as a professional has changed and he's making quite a lot of money, at home we haven't allowed him to acquire any outward signs of his new status. So yes Prateik still gets the same pocket money that he used to before he became a star."
Prateik remains close to his mother's family. He apparently, shares a far stronger bond with his aunt Manya's son Kail who's studying in New York than his half-brother Arya Babbar.
Says Manya, "To me there's no difference between Prateik and my biological son Kail." Kail who's studying in New York is approximately a year younger than Prateik. The two cousins share everything from confidences to clothes.
"I've never felt any difference in my feelings for Kail and Prateik," says Manya Patil emotionally.