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It’s a man’s world for Kalki Koechlin


The actress believes that successful women are criticised more  

Fresh-faced and spontaneous, Kalki Koechlin is known for bringing a certain degree of panache to the roles she portrays, unconventional as they are. Born to French parents, the Indian actress says the more successful you are the more criticism you face.

“The amount of criticism you get is directly proportional to how successful you are, especially as a woman,” Koechlin said.

Asked about her views on the brickbats faced by Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra who have made it big in the West, the “Dev D” actress lauded the duo for handling disapprovals “sensibly.” “I think they should be very proud of themselves. They are doing incredible work. I have seen Deepika grow so much since she first came in the industry. Priyanka is killing it all over the world. They are confident enough to handle it sensibly,” the actress observed.

When it comes to her, the vivacious National Award winner prefers to “ignore” internet criticism but takes note of remarks from her loved ones. “Internet criticism… I don’t handle. I ignore it. I don’t read it. I don’t respond. If I am getting very highly criticised I go off social media for a while. What’s important for me is criticism from family and friends. They know that I have certain weaknesses or they recognise, that’s a very Kalki thing to do. They know you,” she said.

So what are those typical “Kalki things” one might spot? “The way I laugh. I have a very funny laugh that’s not a very natural laugh,” the 33-year-old said with an embarrassed smile.

Elated with the rave reviews garnered by her latest outing “A Death in The Gunj”, Kalki says she would love to do a biopic on Scots-Irish social worker Sister Nivedita as well as go for an action hero film. “There are many, many roles that I would love to do. I love reading her (Sister Nivedita) and my mom has a lot of her books so I grew up reading her. I would love to do a historical film on that and I would love to do a biopic. I would also love to do an action hero kind of film. I just saw ‘Wonder Woman’. Why don’t we have chicks who can do that here,” she wondered.

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Kalki wants to experiment more in theatre. “We don’t experiment much because there is very little support and very little funding. Because we don’t have the infrastructure we can’t have larger than life plays like those by Cirque Du Soleil (world’s largest theatrical entertainment company). Our theatres can’t hold that kind of production, so then you experiment with the language, with the body. I feel there are lots of things I would still love to experiment with,” Kalki signed-off.

Meanwhile, the actress has turned lyricist with a new video, titled “Noise”, in which she recites a poem written by her to “highlight the value of silence” in our lives. She says she lives in a noisy neighbourhood and sometimes feels like going to the mountains.

“I live in a noisy neighbourhood. I am talking about my neighbourhood in this poem. It shares my experience about Yari Road (Mumbai). It has fish market, the sound of traffic, the sound of temple and Masjid — they are a huge part of our lives. We can’t reject it,” Kalki said.

“But sometimes you want it to be calm and quiet. It’s been a real discipline for me to come home in night and switch off my phone instead of watching Facebook and seeing one video after another. Sometimes all these noises can be distracting,” she added.

Kalki, best known for her roles in films like “Dev D”, “Shaitan”, “That Girl In Yellow Boots”, “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, “My Friend Pinto”, “Margarita with a Straw” and “Waiting”, wrote “Noise” in October 2016, for a poetry slam competition in Bengaluru.—Agencies