The actress believes that only an actor can make the right script choice and go for an experimental performance change perceptions
National Award winning actress Kalki Koechlin says she has been typecast several times in the Hindi film industry, but believes that only an actor can make the right script choice and go for an experimental performance to break a stereotype.
Asked about how she deals with how the film industry tends to put a tag or categorise actors, Kalki said: “I have been typecast every time. While after ‘Dev D’, I got offers for many roles of a prostitute, people offered me roles of a spoilt brat and a physically disabled (character) after the release of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and ‘Margarita with a Straw’. Therefore, I think you are only as old as your last film. However, it is my job to break that stereotype and choose the right script to change your image.”
The actress will soon be seen in Nicholas Kharkongor’s “Mantra”, featuring Rajat Kapoor, Shiv Pandit and Lushin Dubey. Giving a better insight into it, Kalki said: “I think all the characters in the film, including mine, go through quite a tumultuous journey where none of them talks about their problems with each other. Nevertheless, after a certain point of time, there is an emotional outburst. So, the story of this family is quite close to reality.”
Starting her career in 2009 with the film “Dev D”, Kalki carved her niche with choices of films like “Shaitan”, “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” and “Margarita with a Straw”. It is interesting to observe how the actress has managed to project characters that are vulnerable and opinionated at the same time. Commenting on that, she said: “There is a famous quote by poet Maya Angelou that says the combination of strength and tenderness is an unbeatable one. I think that is true for all human beings. When I see a character is strong, but not hardened by strength and has a sensitive mind, that is more interesting and real to me,” Kalki said with a smile.-Agencies