I hope I will play bigger roles in international films after “Matrix Resurrections”: Purab Kohli


Purab: I hope I will play roles in international movies

Purab Kohli hopes his role as a game developer in ‘Matrix Resurrections’ will open doors for more international deals and that Westerners will take notice of him as an actor. Kohli, who previously worked with director Lana Wachowski in 2014 on “Sense8,” said he was beaming with joy after being roped in for the fourth chapter of “The Matrix.”

“It’s such a big movie and you’re a part of it and clearly a notable part. I think it’s going to make an impression. Fingers crossed people will be looking to give me bigger roles and hope that as a actor, I could play bigger roles in movies as big as this,” Kohli, who moved to London, told PTI in a Zoom interview.

“The world is becoming very global, especially on the entertainment front when you have the ability to watch so many things and movies intersect. So, I think it’s a good time to be placed where I am placed.”

“The Matrix Resurrections” will see the return of Keanu Reeves as Neo, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity and Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, in addition to new cast additions including Indian actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jessica Henwick, Christina Ricci, Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Groff.

The 42-year-old actor, best known for films such as ‘My Brother Nikhil’, ‘I Am’, ‘Rock On!’ series, said he never thought he would be part of the Matrix franchise.

“But after a while all the ‘ho ha’ of working with Lana Wachowski goes behind your back, you become attached to the genius Lana Wachowski, the way she thinks about film and the way she paints on canvas and understands so well the medium. So when you hear about the fourth installment of “Matrix” and you’re part of it, there’s a curious mind wondering what she’s going to do next.

The actor may appear in a handful of scenes in “The Matrix Resurrections” but he remembers reading the entire script and being bowled over by the creators’ vision.

“I read the whole bound script at once, and it’s a hard copy that came to me. When I put it down, I looked at my wife and said, wow, this is truly amazing and she’s going to blow the world away again,” he said.

Talking about how he landed the role in the movie, Kohli shared that he didn’t audition for the movie because the director knew about his work, courtesy of “Sense8.”

“I didn’t audition for ‘Matrix’ because I had worked with Lana on ‘Sense8’, which I auditioned several times and also read before I got cast. That was the hardest part. But once Lana trusted me I could play and I think for ‘Matrix’ it was just pure honor that she thought of me for the role,” he added.

Having admired Keanu Reeves since his youthful years, the actor said it was a great time to work alongside the Hollywood star.

“Working with him, sitting next to him and doing a scene, it was really good. He’s not a big star, he’s so simple, easy and comfortable and really relaxed. Like all the other actors, he does his best to give his best, asking the same questions you ask the director.

“The most endearing thing about Keanu is that he is this real person and has no qualms about showing it. He is just himself and it makes it easy and comfortable to work with him,” said Kohli said.

The actor didn’t share any scenes with Carrie-Anne Moss, but off camera he had a great interaction with her.

Kohli also shared that he didn’t get a chance to meet Chopra Jonas, as the two were touring different countries at the time.

Besides Reeves and Anne Moss, Kohli was thrilled to collaborate with his “Sense8” team again on the film.

“There are a lot of people in the scene that I’m in, I already knew that before, some were actors of ‘Sense8’, but there were those who weren’t actors but were part of the ‘Sense8’ family.

‘Matrix’ is a global family, from all over the world, including people who have worked behind the scenes, in front of the camera. In a way, Lana kind of orchestrates us to be together once in a while.

Warner Bros. Pictures released “The Matrix Resurrections” in India on December 22 in Tamil, Telugu, English and Hindi.

Darcy J. Skinner