Purab Kohli

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Purab Kohli
Purab Kohli.jpg
Purab Kohli at a Photoshoot
Born (1979-02-23) 23 February 1979 (age 36)
Occupation Model, Actor, VJ
Years active 2003-present

Purab Kohli (born 23 February 1979) is an Indian television, film actor, model and former VJ.



He started his career as an actor with the television show Hip Hip Hurray on Zee TV and earned recognition through video jockeying on Channel V. He then hosted the travel show Gone India where he toured India on budget trips.[1]

In 2010 he anchored the Zee TV music talent hunt Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar. He is also the host in the upcoming[when?] show Terra Quiz on National Geographic Channel.[citation needed]

He has also featured in television ads for Colgate, Pizza Hut, Compaq Presario, Amaron Batteries, and Castrol.[citation needed]


Kohli made his acting debut in films with Bus Yuhin (2003) starring opposite Nandita Das. He has also acted in other films like Supari (2003), Vastu Shastra (2004), and 13th Floor (2005). His performance in My Brother…Nikhil (2005) got him recognition.[citation needed] Kohli then went on to star in Mahesh Bhatt's 2006 film Woh Lamhe and as a villain again in Bhatt's 2007 film Awarapan. He also acted in Rock On !! (2008) along with Farhan Akhtar, Luke Kenny and Arjun Rampal. Kohli's work in Rock On garnered him a Special Jury Mention at the 2009 Filmfare Awards in March 2009.[2] Kohli then starred opposite Nandita Das again in the 2010-11 film I Am which was directed by Onir, who had previously directed him in My Brother…Nikhil.[3] He also contributed financially in the making of this film.[4] Purab's 2014 released movie Jal is a story based on villagers fight for water and dignity.

Personal life[edit]

Kohli's father is a hotelier and mother is a corporate trainer. He did his schooling from Pune, Maharashtra in various schools of St. Stanislaus and The Bishop's School. He also joined a flying school to be a pilot, but did not continue. He also switched his education faculty from Science to Commerce and finally to Arts and studies Economics, Psychology and Literature.[5]

Kohli's uncle is filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bus Yuhin Aditya
2003 Supari Chicken
2004 Vastu Shastra Murli
2005 13th Floor Rajat
2005 My Brother…Nikhil Nigel De Costa
2006 Bas Ek Pal
2006 Woh Lamhe Sam aka Sammy
2007 Awarapan Munna R. Malik
2008 Rock On !! Kedar 'KD' 'Killer Drummer' Zaveri Filmfare Special Jury Award (certificate)[6]
2009 Yeh Mera India Nachiket Joshi
2010 Hide & Seek[7] Om Jaiswal
2011 Turning 30 Jai Saxena
2011 I Am Suraj
2012 Fatso! Navin
2012 Kuch Spice To Make It Meetha Akshay Rana Short film[8]
2013 Gangoobai Waman
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects Shekhar
2014 Jal Bakka
2015 Sense8 Rajan Rasal Netflix series
2016 Rock On !! 2
2016 Airlift Ibrahim Durrani [9]
2016 Galaxy World of Alisa Jane (voice) British English and Hindi dub, Episode 19


  1. ^ "Purab goes paschim and dakshin". The Tribune. 27 February 2000. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Filmfare certificate was a pleasant surprise: Purab Kohli". New Delhi: India Today. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Purab is back with Nandita!". Times of India. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Purab is really busy!". Times of India. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Sunder, Shubangi. "'Be inspired and make a difference'". Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Filmfare certificate was a pleasant surprise: Purab Kohli". India Today. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Hide & Seek: First Look". Times of India. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kuch Spice To Make It Meetha". Times of India. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Purab Kohli learns Arabic during ‘Airlift’ shoot". IANS. The Indian Express. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 

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