Kalki Koechlin changes our concept about a traditional Indian actress. “I have grown up being stared at!” At the India Today Conclave, Kalki Koechlin in a white robe, shuns patriarchy and at the same time appeals to men to change the way they look at women. In a monologue of sorts, the talented actress takes on to reveal the painful truths of womanhood. Titled ‘An Expression By Kalki Koechlin – Le Femme Terrible’, this one you should not miss watching. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeMVQ3nCjQM
Kalki’s performance throws light on the pathetic condition of women in the country. Poignant and hard-hitting, she talks on behalf of those thousands of women, who have lived in silence accepting their fates for centuries. She says, “It’s hard to breathe when you are being stared at…sometimes you are guilty for just breathing”, emphasising how society objectifies woman on a daily basis. Her fr
ustration is obvious, as she later confirms how she is affected by gender stereotypes and the shocki
ng rise in crimes against women.
As a celebrity, Kalki makes a few confessions too, about things you’d probably not read about her in the glossies. The fact that she was offered roles of prostitutes and item numbers after the success of her debut film, Dev D, makes us realise how Bollywood perceives its women. She goes on to say, “I want a clean face without any make up!” It’s something that we truly feel for Kalki.
30 yeard Kalki Koechlin is an Indian film actress of French descent who debuted in Anurag Kashyap’s critically acclaimed Hindi film Dev.D. She played the character of Chandramukhi in the film, a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Bengali novella Devdas, and eventually won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal.
Koechlin subsequently featured in the comedy-dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, both of which were commercially successful, and earned her two more nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also works as a co-screenwriter with husband Anurag Kashyap.
She married filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on April 30, 2011 in a private wedding ceremony. The two had been dating since the release of Dev.D. On November 13, 2013 both Koechlin and Kashyap issued a joint statement saying they were separating.