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Prateik Babbar always wanted to play anti-national


Smita Patil and Raj Babbar’s son Pratiek Babbar will get engaged to girlfriend Sanya Sagar this month

Prateik Babbar, who plays a misguided youth in the film “Mulk”, says he has always wanted to essay the role of an anti-national. “I have always wanted to essay the role of an anti-national. Playing grey comes easy to me but I had to learn a lot of new things to portray terrorism in the right light,” Prateik said.

Based on true events, “Mulk”, a courtroom drama, also features Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra and Neena Gupta. Rajat, who essays the role of investigating officer Danish Javed in the Anubhav Sinha directorial, said: “Danish Javed is interesting because of the context that is provided by the overall story – and not on its own. His conflict is one part of the larger thrust of the film. In fact, Anubhav Sinha had called me to play Bilal. He had seen my picture while I was in the get up for ‘Pari’ – very short hair and long beard, and Anubhav thought that look might be good for Bilal. I met him, read the script…My request to him was that ‘I’d like to play Javed’. Javed is different from what I have done so far – and a bit of action made it even more interesting for me.”

Actor Manoj Pahwa plays the accused, Bilal Mohammed and Prachee Shah Paandya plays Prateik’s reel mother, Choti Tabassum.