National Award winner Janaki Vishwanathan shows him the door after seeing his performance in 'Aarakshan'
While Prateik's performance in his debut film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na won him a lot of fans, his acting skills in Aarakshan apparently has failed to impress some people, in fact even costing the lad a film.
Apparently, the National Award winning director Janaki Vishwanathan wanted to cast Prateik as a lead in her Bollywood debut, tentatively titled, Bakra.
However, she decided against it after seeing his performance in Aarakshan and opted for Love Sex Dhokha actor Anshuman Jha instead.
Says the director, "Prateik was my first choice for the film. He has done interesting work in the past. But after seeing his performance in Aarakshan, I wasn't sure if he is the right choice.
On the other hand, Anshuman caught my attention in one of his TV commercials for a cola brand. So I decided to audition him. He fitted the bill perfectly."
Bakra is a comic satire set against the backdrop of rural India and goes on floor around Christmas. Action director Tinu Verma's niece Yoshika Verma is debuting in the film.