Prateik Babbar is the son of late actress Smita Patil and actor-politician Raj Babbar. His mother died due to post partum complications after Prateik was born.
Prateik made his acting debut in the Aamir Khan production 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', co-starring debutant Imran Khan and Genelia D'Souza. His portrayal of Genelia's brother, Amit, won him plaudits from critics earning him several awards and nominations, whilst the film went on to become a major success commercially. His next film is Kiran Rao's critically acclaimed 'Dhobi Ghaat', which has opened to positive reviews at film festivals worldwide.
In 2011, Prateik was seen in films like 'Dum Maro Dum', 'Aarakshan' and 'My Friend Pinto'.
The year 2012 saw Prateik playing a lover boy in 'Ek Dewana Tha'.