Performing can also be reacting, says Purab Kohli

Actor Purab Kohli is back with the second season of Out of Love, which will start streaming from April 30 on Disney+ Hotstar. He talks about it & more

Akarsh, your character, is a very tough one to essay. How did you manage it so well?

In season one it was indeed tough. Akarsh is a spineless liar, cheater, bad husband and there was no reason why you would empathise with him. That was also told to me by the director of the first season, Tigmanshu Dhulia. In the second season there is an empathy attached to the character. So, I would say in Season 2 it was a bit easier to play this role.

This time the series has been directed by Oni Sen — how was your experience of working with him?

He is a very talented director and it was sheer joy working with him. He and the team of writers have written the best character for me. Undoubtedly, Akarsh is one of the best characters of my career.

Your chemistry with Rasika Duggal in the first season was much-talked-about. How will you define her as a co-star?

I have known Rasika and her husband Mukul for a long time now. Working with her is a great experience. I am not a trained actor and I always look forward to working with trained people, so that I can learn. Acting is also reacting, so it was great fun as we have some wonderful scenes together.

How was it shooting in the scenic beauty of Ooty?

It was a bit complicated due to all the Covid-19 guidelines. The world has become more complicated I feel. And especially when you live in England and you shoot in a different part of the world! It starts right from taking a flight, to getting tested on the sets and more. But I am proud that we have pulled it off very well, without any Covid-19 cases.

A career span of more than two decades. Any regrets?

A constant regret would be not playing a central character in films. But I also need to accept one thing that I have been a part of a few films as the lead and they have not worked out well. So you can blame it on choices, you can blame it on fate. But overall, I am quite satisfied as an actor.

What is your take on web content getting popular among audiences?

OTT is the future. I have acted in a web series called Sense 8 around 2014, when the concept was not even introduced in India. The monetisation format of web content is quite different. Once you are a subscriber of an OTT platform, you want to see everything available.

Living in London, how much do you miss India?

In London, there are many Indians. My parents are in India, so are my good friends. I also have a house in Goa and used to stay there in 2011. Pre-Covid, I used to come to India quite often but now it’s not possible.

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