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Behind closet doors: Purab Kohli

The actor prefers wearing black all day, every day, and refuses to walk out of his house in pink

HT48HRS_Special Updated: May 28, 2017 17:21 IST
Aishwarya Vijaykumar
Aishwarya Vijaykumar
Hindustan Times
Purab Kohli,HT48Hours,London
We meet Purab Kohli at his home in Pali Hill, Bandra.(Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

As we enter Purab Kohli’s home in Bandra’s Pali Hill, we notice that it is in complete disarray. The house wears that someone-just-moved-in look — with boxes of clothes and other things still unpacked. Kohli moved back to the city recently, after living in Goa for a few years. And just like his bare home, Kohli, too, sports a minimalistic look. Dressed in a round-neck tee with worn-out denims, he talks about his style inspirations and his love for expensive boots.

Style no-no: “As an actor. I’m supposed to wear everything that is given to me when essaying a character. But when left to me, I don’t think I would ever walk out of my home wearing pink.”

Impulsive shopper: “If I like something, I just pick it up. You’ll seldom catch me browsing through racks of clothes. I do basic shopping.”

Most memorable purchase: “It is not the most expensive, but is definitely the most lavish thing I own —the brown cowboy boots from Texas. I spent half the money I got for the film on the boots; they are 11 years old now and I wear it a lot.”

Kohli’s most lavish purchase was the brown cowboy boots from Texas.

On Indian Men: “I feel men especially in India, have limited choices. They are unadventurous when it comes to clothes. I am quite open.”

Fashion Faux-pas: “I don’t think I have done anything drastic to be embarrassed about. But I did once wear a really tight suit to an awards function. I couldn’t sit down all night because my pants were too tight.”

Minimalistic Style: “I am not an accessories junkie. I wear a rudraksh as a bracelet because it is close to me. Earlier, I would wear a lot of bracelets and earrings, but now I have reached a phase where I like to maintain a clean look.”

Favourite shopping destination: “I have observed that European clothes fit me better. So I do a lot of my shopping only in London. I also like Singapore and have found some great clothes in Barcelona. I shop in Mumbai as well, but sporadically. London just works out conveniently as I spend a lot of my time there.”

Traditional Shopper: “I am afraid of online shopping. I am a bit traditional as I like to try on things.”

At home: “Just a pair of boxer shorts or a pair of light denims and a tee.”

Kohli is a fan of Diesel’s jeans and prefers wearing black clothes. (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

Style icons: “Sonam Kapoor is quite stylish. Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor turn up pretty well because they are comfortable in what they wear.”

All about black: “Most of my go-to outfits are all black. I have been living in these black Toms shoes and black jeans for days.”

First Published: Jun 30, 2016 00:00 IST