‘Had an overdose and almost died,’ confesses Prateik Babbar, opens up on battling drugs and alcohol


Prateik Babbar, son of veteran actors Smita Patil and Raj Babbar has clocked 13 years in the industry. The actor, who made his Bollywood debut with a supporting role in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na which was much appreciated and he signed a spate of films. However, his later films did not catapult him to the big league. However, now he has made a niche for himself and landing lucrative projects. During a recent interview the actor spoke about how he was down and out due to alcohol and drugs and revealed his near-death experience due to an overdose.

During the interview given to a leading daily, Prateik spoke about his career and its trajectory and said, “Frankly, I was unaware of the earlier stage of my career, as far as the amount of success I had and how much attention I was getting, were concerned. I never understood or realised it till I fell so hard that I thought getting back up was never going to be possible. I guess I was coming to terms with my own life situation and circumstances. I was battling with myself; it felt like they show in cartoons--there were an angel and devil on either side of my mind. The drugs and alcohol didn’t help; in fact they just made it worse. I had lost everything and was close to killing myself. The devil kept telling me that I was finished, that it was all over, and that I should run away or rather maybe kill myself. I didn’t really understand the need for my existence, and constantly had a feeling that no one cared for me. On the other side, the angel kept telling me that I was put on this world for a mission.”


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When asked how he handled himself, Prateik said, “I couldn’t actually. I had to learn it the hard way. I had mentioned in my open letter that I had an overdose and almost died. That woke me up a little bit. Then, I lost my grandmother too, which was very very difficult, yet, I tried to stay motivated. When I understood things, I realised how much I missed being an artiste, a performer, and an actor. That being said, I found the courage by drowning myself in a creative space.”

He credited martial arts for helping him regain his focus on life and career and said, “I am a lot better; a lot of things have changed in my life. I have kept myself engaged with a lot of things that have helped me be rock solid. Martial arts has helped me a lot. I owe my life, sanity, and strength to martial arts, which helps me be active and become the best version of myself. I am just focusing on myself and on how I can be the best version or version of myself so that I can look at myself in the mirror and say that I believe in myself, and won’t ever stop. I am in a very good state emotionally, mentally, and physically, and I want nothing more in my life. The angel won and here we are.”

(Source: TOI)