TV channels need to up their game: Purab Kohli on rise of online content
Rock On actor Purab Kohli is happy as 2016 has been a great year for him. With releases like Airlift and Rock On 2 and TV show P.O.W. - Bandi Yudh Ke, Purab talks about why TV channels need to up their game.tv Updated: Nov 17, 2016 08:00 IST
Of late, Purab Kohli has been busy working on and promoting his TV show, along with promoting his recent release. The actor began his career with the hit TV series Hip Hip Hurray (HHH) in 1998, and went on to becoming a VJ, hosting shows and later acting in films. He’s thrilled about how this year has panned out and talks about his film Rock On 2 and TV project P.O.W. - Bandi Yudh Ke.
Do you feel nervous about your new projects?
I used to be nervous earlier, but not anymore. I have reached a point where I know that I have done my best, and I leave the rest to the audience. I am glad that people have appreciated my work in both the projects (the TV show and the film). It is fulfilling to be in a phase during which I get to play diverse roles in one year. This year has been a great year for me as Airlift was a huge success.
You transformed your body for these roles. Did it take a toll on your health?
I had put on weight for my new film. Then, in 15 days, I had to lose all of it to look like a prisoner for my TV show. The weight gain and loss was done in a systematic manner. I had a diet and workout regimen to follow. Putting on weight is tougher for me.
You have returned to TV after your 1998 show. Is this a nostalgic period for you?
It is amazing to be part of a TV show, especially after so many years. HHH was a cult show. People remember it even today, and it feels wonderful to be part of such a project. There are many who loved it and grew up with it. The series will always be special.
What do you think of the content on TV today?
It’s evolving. There are some supernatural themed shows that cater to a huge section of the audience, but then there are audiences who appreciate the content my show provides. What tends to happen on TV is that channels alienate audiences who want quality content as they are, perhaps, not large in number. But now, channels are making an effort towards creating quality content. Channels are realising that there’s a rising threat from online content, and that they need to up their game a bit.