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It's a dream team. It is an abiding regret for Sanjay Bhansali that he couldn't work with Smita Patil.

Now his dream has come true in the most unexpected way. Smita's son Prateik will be starring in a film produced by Bhansali to be made later this year.

The film entitled My Friend Pinto will be directed by Raghav Dar who assisted Mani Ratnam during Guru and then served as the associate director on Abbas Tyrewala's Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na. That's when Raghav got to know Prateik. They decided to work together whenever Raaghav directs his first film.

Prateik will play the title role in My Friend Pinto. He had a captivating cameo in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na.

Naturally Prateik's aunt Manya Patil is thrilled by the progress that Prateik is making. "When the director Abbas Tyrewala told me about the role in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na it, I wasn't so sure. It sounded like a small role. But Abbas told me to trust him. And that the role was tailor-made for Prateik. To his credit the role turned out exactly the way it was narrated. I'm glad Prateik's career is working out. Today there is room for all kinds of cinema. And like his mom, we want Prateik to be adventurous in his choices. I'm there to guide him, though I'm not really part of the film industry," says the proud aunt. Manya Patil has produced one film Dubai Returned featuring Irrfan Khan and Divya Dutta.

Talking about Bhansali, Prateik says, "It's a privilege to be working with Mr. Bhansali. When I met him I was amazed to find out how normal he is in spite of being an artiste of such a high caliber."


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