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Kalki Koechlin says she never deliberately tries to be shocking and different

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She made her Bollywood debut with Anurag Kashyap’s “Dev.D” and went on to do some unconventional roles in films like “That Girl in Yellow Boots”, “Margarita with a Straw” and “Waiting”.

National Award winning actress Kalki Koechlin says she never tries to be “shocking and different” and always expresses what she feels like — just how she instinctively got her hair chopped recently. “I don’t try to be different. When I cut my hair short recently, people were very shocked and I was like, ‘I didn’t think about it’.

I wanted to change it, so I did that. I remember going on Google while in the parlour with my hairdresser to find out what should we do and how we should cut. Now it’s like people going ‘Oh my God, what has she done? Is she sick?’ Everybody has a different opinion. I am just saying that I don’t think I consciously try to be shocking or different. I express what I feel like expressing,” Kalki said on the sidelines of the live edition of her podcast series “Kalki Presents: My Indian Life”.


“Kalki Presents: My Indian Life” is about being young and Indian in the 21st century. Over 10 episodes, the podcast series explores extraordinary real-life stories from around the country. One episode is about a woman who talks to Kalki about her part in India’s Mars mission, while another is the story of a man with a speech impediment trying to succeed as a musician.

“Podcast is a complete new world. It is an interesting platform to understand young population in the world as we have lot of young adults  who are extremely smart and talented and have lot of opinions,” she said.

There were some of the shocking stories that made her cry. “We cried while shooting. You realise these stories once in a while, but you don’t know how often that happens. That is really shocking. It just makes you face reality. You don’t understand what all they go through to reach where they are,” she said.