2021 is a busy year for actor Prateik Babbar. His latest show, Chakravyuh, a crime thriller, premiered on MX Player on March 12. Mumbai Saga, a film where he will be seen playing younger brother to John Abraham and Bachchan Pandey where he plays a goon in Akshay Kumar’s gang are also lined up, along with another web series which is yet to be announced. In conversation with Lipika Varma, Prateik explains his cop outing, what 2021 has in store for him, and details the joy of working with Rajnikanth…
Chakravyuh is in the limelight for its interesting concept and gripping scenes. Could you tell us a little about your character, and what you’ve taken from acting in a crime thriller?
The web series is titled Chakravyuh-An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller. Playing Inspector Virkar was a challenging job. The series is about the exploitation of the dark web which is taking innocent lives. The story is tight and the concept will probably open the eyes of many to the dark side of social media and crypto currency.
How was it keeping busy during what was a difficult 2020 for everyone?
I’m extremely blessed to have the opportunity to be working in the pandemic, also have a chance to indulge in my creativity and craft and showcase my capability and talent as an actor. This year the shooting situation was difficult with the bio bubbles, but I consider myself fortunate that I could continue working and strive harder at my craft.
How do you look at your journey in the industry so far?
It’s been a journey of ups downs; I do regret a few things but these things are lessons. I’ve looked at my work like a man on a mission—as someone who has to carry forward the legacy of my mother(late Smita Patil), who made her place in this world as a great actor. I wish to be remembered as a good actor who played meaningful characters.
You tied the knot with writer Sanya Sagar in 2019. How has married life been so far?
Sanya is a fabulous writer, and she has just made some interesting music videos for a couple of friends of mine. She is a brilliant woman, and she inspires me. Married life is a job, honestly. You have to work at it. Both of us need to progress individually and as a couple. These first few years are crucial and we are sincerely working towards our marriage.
Will you take up projects in the South again after your work in the Tamil industry at the start of your career?
I am absolutely keen on working in films down south. I’m open to doing everything—films, theatre, OTT, or short films as long as the story and the character resonate with me. It has always been a healthy working atmosphere, and I believe I am working with good people who add value to my life. As long as I have that, I wouldn’t mind working in any language.
You were seen in Darbar with Rajnikant. How was that like? I have not signed any films presently with Rajni sir, but I am hopeful about working with him in the near future again. That man is really something. There is an aura and energy when he is around shooting on the sets. He always exudes positive energy. Rajni sir is the most disciplined actor; he works with full dedication and warmth. I wish to work with him again, Inshallah!