LOVE’S LABOUR LOST
Prateik has a heavy cross to bear given his mother’s towering reputation and devoted fan following that hasn’t ebbed over the last 25+ years. Tempting then, to treat him with kid gloves simply because he inherited Smita Patil’s eyes. At the same time it can’t camouflage his stiffness––at 22 she had already tackled a career-defining Bhumika with exceptional maturity. Her son, born just two weeks before her untimely death, is still lost in the woods after half-a-dozen screen appearances, the only serviceable ones being his debut in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Dhobi Ghat.