In his eight year old career, Purab Kohli has shown a special aptitude for playing highly physical characters whose actions often articulate more than their words. Check out all his previous films: Supari, My Brother Nikhil, Awarapan, Rock On and now I AM, conveying a complex range of emotions – pride, disappointment, anger, love, betrayal – so thoroughly with the pitch of his shoulders, the angle of his brow, and the gait of his walk that you could probably watch the film with the sound off and still understand what’s happening from scene to scene. He radiates a kind of strength and solidarity with his posture. Now, if you asked Purab Kohli about how he arrived at any of these acting choices, he would probably tell you that he never made them to begin with. He doesn’t seem to think and then do; he just ‘does’ which is the way he goes about business in the rest of his life as well. I’m guessing, as I talk to one of my favourite actors from the Indian Film Fraternity, India’s favourite KD is back in the all new shy avatar as Suraj in I AM. Go fall in love all over again. Purab mania continues!
“People need to start giving independent cinema a chance as they make a large scale difference”
Independent cinema doesn’t have any genre of cinema. They have their own style and they put it into it and their film is made. There are social awareness films too and I AM is just that. There are so many independent filmmakers in our country but their films never see the release. As audiences, people need to start giving independent cinema a chance as they make a large scale difference. Iqbal, My Brother Nikhil, Tere Bin Laden and Udaan are the best examples of audiences accepting and appreciating our cinema. They are small budget, tight and good. Thanks to Sanjay and Onir, they’ve managed to create their own niche.
“Personally speaking, I wouldn’t donate my sperm”
I wouldn’t donate my sperm to someone because I am not someone who wants to do it. But that’s me personally. My character in the film is doing it for the money. He doesn’t want to be emotionally attached to anyone after donating his sperm. It’s not a good thing or a bad thing but there are lots of women who want to have children and they are looking for the right donor. For me as an individual, Purab Kohli, and then my role of Suraj in I AM, are two different people with two different mindsets.
“Nandita’s Aliya and Suraj played by me had an unnerving tension somewhere”
I’ve acted with Nandita Das in a film titled Supari. It was nice to come back to I AM. I’ve acted with her twice before actually. It’s after seven years that we are coming together. There is a sort of tension between our characters in the film. Nandita and I met for the first time on the sets and straight away started doing the scenes. She is a great actress.
“I hope I AM stands out tall and proud after its release”
I am receiving a lot of tweets about I AM and text messages from friends and colleagues who’ve seen the film. But ultimately it all boils down to whether my audience is liking it or not and their reaction at the box office. One has to wait for that. There is a certain amount of love attached with the fans who want to see their favourite stars on screen too. I hope I AM stands out tall and proud after its release.
“I think My Brother Nikhil and I AM are both at the number one spot”
I’ve loved Onir’s My Brother Nikhil too. It’s his best work. So when I look at I AM, I am zapped. Undoubtedly both the films are his best work so far. They both are at the number one spot. Onir makes films on subjects that are very close to his heart and that’s the wonderful thing about I AM and all his previous films.