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

Purab Kohli
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Purab Kohli at a Photoshoot
Born (1979-02-23) 23 February 1979 (age 40)
OccupationModel, Actor, VJ
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Lucy Payton (m. 2018)
RelativesVishal Anand (uncle)



Kohli 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 2005, he appeared in an episode of the TV fantasy sitcom Shararat, as the genius science student Dhumketu.

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]

In 2014, he became one of the contestants in season 7 of the reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

Kohli had a key supporting role in Sense8 a series on Netflix by The Wachowskis with the finale premiering in June 2018.


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 movie Jal is a story based on villagers' fight for water and dignity.

Web seriesEdit

Purab Kohli appeared as Angad Shergil in the Voot web series It's Not That Simple (2018), with other featured cast Swara Bhaskar, Sumeet Vyas, Vivan Bhatena, Manasi Rachh, Neha Chauhan, Karan Veer Mehra, Devika Vatsa, Rohan Shah, Jia Vaidya.

In 2019, Kohli was cast in Sujoy Ghosh directed webseries Typewriter, which streamed on Netflix in July.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Kohli's father Harsh is a hotelier and film producer and his mother is a corporate trainer. He did his schooling at St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, just outside of Mumbai, and at The Bishop's School, Pune, Maharashtra. He switched his education faculty from Science to Commerce and finally to Arts and studied Economics, Psychology and Literature. He joined a flying school to be a pilot, but did not continue.

Kohli married his long time girlfriend Lucy Payton in a private ceremony in Goa on 15 February 2018. The couple has a daughter Inaya (b. 2015).[6][7]

Former actor Bhisham Kohli a.k.a. Vishal Anand is his paternal uncle (father's brother). Kohli's paternal grandmother was Dev Anand's sister (thus making Kohli the late actor's grand-nephew). Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (son of another of Dev Anand's sisters) is thus Kohli's uncle.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bas Yun Hi 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 a.k.a. Sammy
2007 Awarapan Munna R. Malik
2008 Rock On!! Kedar 'KD' 'Killer Drummer' Zaveri Filmfare Special Jury Award (certificate)[9]
2009 Yeh Mera India Nachiket Joshi
2010 Hide & Seek[10] Om Jaiswal
2011 Turning 30 Jai Saxena
2011 I Am Suraj
2012 Fatso! Navin
2012 10ml Love [11]
2012 Kuch Spice To Make It Meetha Akshay Rana Short film[12]
2013 Gangoobai Waman
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects Shekhar
2014 Jal Bakka
2015-2018 Sense8 Rajan Rasal Netflix series
2016 Airlift Ibrahim Durrani [13]
2016 Rock On 2 Kedar Zaveri (KD-Killer Drummer)
2016 P.O.W.- Bandi Yuddh Ke Naib Subedar Sartaj Singh
2017 Noor Ayan Banerjee
2018 It's Not That Simple Angad Shergil Aired on Voot
2019 Typewriter Inspector Ravi Anand Web series on Netflix


  1. ^ "Purab goes paschim and dakshin". The Tribune. 27 February 2000. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Filmfare certificate was a pleasant surprise: Purab Kohli". India Today. New Delhi. 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. ^ Arora, Akhil (20 June 2019). "Netflix's Next Indian Series, Typewriter, Gets July Release Date". NDTV. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  6. ^ Sunder, Shubangi (2013). "'Be inspired and make a difference'". The Students. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Purab Kohli and Lucy Paton take wedding vows in Goa". The Indian Express. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  8. ^ Celeb Speak: Actor Purab Kohli On Career, His Love For Dance And Upcoming Projects
  9. ^ "Filmfare certificate was a pleasant surprise: Purab Kohli". India Today. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Hide & Seek: First Look". Times of India. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
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  12. ^ "Kuch Spice To Make It Meetha". Times of India. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Purab Kohli learns Arabic during 'Airlift' shoot". IANS. The Indian Express. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.

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