To play an Army man returning to his country after spending 17 years in captivity, in upcoming TV show P.O.W.-Bandi Yuddh Ke, actor Purab Kohli had to tap his inner most self, which made him feel emotionally drained.
Directed by filmmaker Nikhil Advani, the political thriller, which will be a finite series, is based on Israeli drama Hatufim.
Purab plays one of the two soldiers, who returns to India 17 years after being kept as a prisoner of war.
The actor says he put in a lot of effort from his side to get the finer nuances of his character right, which included meeting the army personnel.
“I have given it all that I had, P.O.W. has really juiced me. It is a very hard character to play and on top of that working in TV is hard too,” he said.
“To get into the skin of the character, I spoke to psychologists, went to the Sikh regiment, met the Army. There was the basic research that I had to do as an actor,” Purab told PTI.
The show features actor Satyadeep Misra, playing the other Indian soldier, who returns to his family after a series of torture and relentless abuse.
The 37-year-old Rock On star credits Advani for making both the actors dive straight into shooting the torture sequences first, so that they become aware of what exactly is required of the duo throughout the series.
“What worked for me and Satyadeep was that Nikhil shot the torture sequences with us first, before he shot anything else. He did that so we could understand as actors what he is going to show in the show, what our characters on the show are going to go through,” Purab said.
The process helped the actor, who could imagine the torture that the personnel, enacted by him, had to go through.
“We felt that torture. We saw what these guys must have gone through. It is really intense. We were just imagining, how it would be to stay away from your family for so long, being tortured, beaten, electrocuted, burnt. It was horrible. By the end, I could feel emotionally drained.”
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