To highlight the need to spot and hone young talent, Prateik Babbar films a new video that's set to screen in the city today
Today The True Showcase by True School Of Music has lined up a special performance that will celebrate two visually impaired musicians, Nitesh Sonawane and Sarfaraz Qureshi. Prateik Babbar will also be present, ready to showcase a four-minute video he features in, made with NGO Human Touch, to stress that talent comes from anywhere and it needs to be spotted and nurtured. Excerpts from an interview with the actor:
(Left and below) Prateik in stills from the video
Q.Why did you choose to get associated with this project?
A. The director of the video, Aatish Dabral and I have been friends for a long time. We started as interns in the same production house about 10 to 12 years ago and have kept in touch since. He’s now associated with The Human Touch that makes movies about humanity and sacrifice. In terms of reaching out to the public, you cannot go wrong with this. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this. I wanted to get back on the map, in terms of being visible in the public eye again and this was a great way to get back. It (the video) carries a beautiful message.
Q. How did the video come about? Tell us about the shoot.
A. Aatish was looking for actors. I auditioned for the role and he really liked the space I was in. I am a bit thoughtful about life like the nice guy we see in the film and it just added to my character. I think I was already thinking on similar lines. It has worked out brilliantly. The story had so much to say, and a lot of it has been conveyed through expressions and music.
Q. Were you mentored when you began your career?
A. I began my career at a very young age as I was interning at a production house and I got picked up for an advertising commercial from there. The ball just started rolling then. When I did the film Dhobi Ghat, Aamir (Khan) mentored me. He made sure that I was doing the right things, rehearsing and doing everything I was required to for that character. He was like an institution, guiding me along the way. So, when I associated with True School of Music, it was because I recognise that they play a very similar role in the lives of budding musicians.
Q. What tips do you have for youngsters who have just started out?
A. My only advice is know your goal. Don’t let anything bring you down. Stick on the right path. There’s lot of temptation that comes your way, and at times, things don’t go as planned but it’s worth the fight if you love what you do.
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