Purab Kohli is back as KD in Rock On 2, even as his tele-series, POW, promises a darker side.
If one was to pick actor Purab Kohli’s most memorable outings, it would be as the adorable schoolboy, Mazhar, in Hip Hip Hurray (1998-2001), and as the endearing drummer, Kedar Zaveri aka KD, in Rock On!! (2008). This year, the 37-year-old is a busy man. While November 11 will see the release of Rock On 2, where he reprises the role of KD, the date is also slated for the release of his upcoming TV series, Prisoners of War: Bandi Yuddh Ke. Kohli, who will also be seen in Sonakshi Sinha’s Noor, tells us that he has just finished shooting for the second season of his Netflix series, Sense8, too.
Talking about playing KD after a gap of eight years, the Mumbai-based actor says, “My director said that KD hadn’t changed a lot but, as an actor, I tend to bring changes to my character. I am an evolving actor; it is very difficult to play the same character after eight years since I am not the same person anymore. In certain situations, I had to think about how KD would respond to it.” However, the one thing he says is constant about the character is that KD was and is still quite serious about music. “He is all about the music, he was the one who wanted the band to come back together. That is constant. The film is more about their individual journeys,” shares the Airlift actor, who feels that content and the character plays a major role for him when it comes to choosing scripts.
On small screen
Meanwhile, POW is a remake of the Israeli TV series, Hatufim, by director Nikhil Advani, and will see Kohli playing Naib Subedar Sartaaj Singh. Admitting that the role affected him deeply, he says, “It is quite an emotional character, with a number of layers—from being a pind wala to joining a Sikh regiment. He leaves his newly-wed wife, goes to war, becomes a prisoner, is tortured, and then brought back home after 17 years. There are different things going on in his mind; it is a heavy and layered character.” Kohli adds that it took him a while to get into character. The actor’s wishlist includes working with directors like Imtiaz Ali and Vishal Bhardwaj, while exploring the romantic genre.
Rock On 2 releases on November 11.
— Saloni Sinha