Prateik Babbar opens up about his struggle with ‘alcohol and drugs’ and working for free

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Prateik Babbar has opened up about recovering after his struggle with drug and alcohol dependency. Prateik gave all credit to his mother Smita Patil as he made it through only because he wanted to make his mother proud. He wanted to get his life back in order.

The actor recently opened up about getting sober and back on his feet by offering to work for free. In an interview, Prateik had said that what saved him from drowning mentally and emotionally was his passion for arts. Prateik revealed that he missed it all in his addiction and had to begin chasing it back.

Prateik told Times of India that it must have been 2016-17 when he went clean of alcohol and drugs for a few months in a row. Prateik recalled that he could think with a clear head and that is when he started missing work, “It was something I needed for my soul and that is when I started picking up different kinds of roles. I rebooted myself with plays and short films.”


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He did anything and everything to get work and one of them was to work for free. Prateik said, “I did things for no money at all, at times. I did things for free for people to just remember that I exist and I haven’t left the stage yet. I had to test the waters again. Once I did that, there was no looking back. One show, one movie led to another with Mulk (2018), Baaghi 2 (2018) and Chhichhore (2019). It was gradual.”

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