'I have only become more mature'

'I have only become more mature'


Actor and VJ Purab Kohli’s appearance in a well-known television commercial has only added to his popularity. But the actor seems to be breaking new ground with regards to acting!

For the actor,who took up acting as a summer job, it has been a long journey full of ups and downs. “I always wanted to be a pilot and took up Hip Hip Hurray as a summer job. Soon, Channel V offered me a job and I was travelling the country. I did all kinds of things before taking up acting seriously,” he says.

“My Brother Nikhil’was like a new reality for me. When I saw the movie in the theatre, I realised how much it had affected me. I decided that acting was what I wanted to do. Then Rock On happened and things looked all set. But soon, there was a recession in the film industry and my films began to get shelved. But it’s been 16 years since I started acting and I have only become more
mature in the process,” says Purab.

Ask him about his upcoming movie Jal and he speaks about his character Bakka, who is a water diviner, in the parched lands of the Kutch region. “It was only a couple of years back that I reconnected with the director of the film — Girish Malik and he offered me the role.

He explains that it was easy for him to get typecast in a particular role, especially after essaying the role of a homosexual in the film, My Brother Nikhil. But he decided to accept the challenge and do films that brought forth his talent. “I was offered many such roles by big directors. But I was sure that they would not treat the subject well and mock it instead.

When I was offered My Brother Nikhil, I wanted to be a part of it as soon as I read the script. I think the subject of homosexuality is not treated well in the Indian film industry. But again there are directors who have a different way of approaching the subject and also make the audience accept it,” he details.

Purab adds that he has become quite popular due
to his famous coffeecommercial but he wants to let his films do the talking.