Nikkhil Advani’s new show, Prisoners Of War (POW) has grabbed a lot of attention and praises from the day its trailer hit the small screen. Besides the storyline, it is the star cast of the show, which has made it popular among the audiences. Actor, Purab Kohli, who is returning to the small screen with the show has made best efforts to do justice to his character and make it look more realistic and believable on the screen. He has been prepping for his role since a long time now. So much so, that its shooting left him teary-eyed!
The show is an official remake of Israeli series Hatufim, which was also adapted into the acclaimed American series Homeland. Its Indian version is set against the backdrop of the Kargil War in 1999, and promises to break the stereotypes about daily soaps on our television sets. It is a story of two missing in action soldiers who return home after 17 long years.
Purab, who essays the character of one of the two soldiers, had to go through a tough time while preparing for the role. He had to watch torturous videos to feel the pain and sufferings of a prisoner so that he could project the same on screen with equal intensity. After shooting such intense scenes the actor got too involved in his character, and even broke down on the sets of the show, as he could not hold back his emotions. Not only this, watching such disturbing videos took a toll on Purab’s health and he had to see a psychologist pre and post the shoot, to regain his peace of mind.
Apart from the mental pressure, the young actor also had to go through a lot of physical pressure as he was simultaneously shooting for his much awaited Rock On sequel which required him to look fit and healthy. Purab’s commitment to his role has definitely made the show a must-watch.
The show also features Amrita Puri, Sandhya Mridul and Satyadeep Mishra in the lead roles.