Male lead actor Prateek Gandhi in web series scam 1992, no introduction needed. While he has currently gained popularity with amazing acting skills, he has had equal share of highs and lows as a performer.
Born in a middle-class family, Prateek’s entry into the film industry was not as easy as it seems. Recently, he shared the journey and struggles through Humans of Bombay.
Prateek performed for the first time in his school play when he was in fourth grade.
It was only a 5 minute role but the enthusiasm and admiration that he received always stayed with him. He continued to act in school plays, but could not take up acting as a career as he had the odds of being born in a middle-class family.
“Dad was helpful but he used to say, ‘Get a degree first, then do whatever you want to do.’ That’s why I chose engineering. Still, I do small plays – Ishq Toh Acting Hi Tha.”
After completing his graduation, Prateek moved to Mumbai and did small acting assignments on a project basis. Many times there were months when he did not have work at all, so he did small things like installing TV towers and anchoring.
After the floods in 2006, his family also shifted from Surat to Mumbai. Together they lived in 1RK and lived there for many years. With increasing responsibilities of family and marriage, Prateek decided to take up a full time job.
But even at that time he did not give up acting. He used to rehearse before his work and play after work hours.
His hard work finally paid off when he was offered a role in a Gujarati film bey yari. He took 22 days off from work to wrap up the shooting of the film. The film was a hit and established Prateek as an actor in mainstream Gujarati cinema.
At the age of 36, Prateek decided to quit his full-time job and focused solely on acting.
“The next time I got a film offer, I took the risk and quit my job at the age of 36! Although I had a home loan, and a child, it felt right. “
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Prateek’s work was appreciated by film critics and his fantasy grew manifold. He was also honored with the Critics’ Choice Award for his work in the SonyLiv series scam 1992.
“When Shabana Azmi ma’am told me it was the best performance in 20 years, I cried. My wife was excited! And when my parents saw me win IIFA, they were very impressed.
Prateek told Humans of Bombay that his life completely changed after the 1992 release of Scam.
“It’s been 5 months since the scam was released and my life has taken a 180° turn! People now see me as the ‘lead actor’. Life has just caught on. But it all happened because Because at the age of 36, I decided to take a risk instead of being comfortable because risk is toh ishq hai!”