Last week, Kalki Koechlin, with her tongue firmly in cheek, and a deadpan expression to match, featured in It’s Your Fault, a video which satirises the prevailing perception that blames women for rape incidents.
Since the beginning of her career, she has shown a penchant for venturing out of the box, and has dabbled in a string of activities off screen that push her artistic boundary as well as different facets of her personality.
Even her current calendar is an interesting mix of activities.
Kalki Koechlin left for Sweden to shoot for 'Jia Aur Jia' soon after opening the play 'Colour Blind' in Kolkata on September 24.
In the play co-written by her, Kalki plays the role of Argentine poet Victoria Ocampo, who was Rabindranath Tagore’s muse in his twilight years.
In between rehearsals, Kalki took time off to talk about how she balances her passion for theatre with a career in movies. Excerpts from the interview:
Ques: After studying theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London, how did your transition to movies happen?
Kalki: After completing my course there, I worked in the UK for a year to pay off my study loan. When I moved to Mumbai, I knew I couldn’t survive on theatre alone. So I did commercials and some odd jobs, till 'Dev D' happened. After 'Dev D' and 'That Girl in Yellow Boots', I did not want to be stuck in a box of playing dark characters. I wanted to do to roles which are juicy and meaty.
Ques: Even though you started your career with indie cinema, you have been part of some successful commercial movies such as Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (YJHD). How do you view both these worlds?
Kalki: I view one movie as completely different from the other, not so much indie and commercial. That’s because, at the end of the day, the story and the characters matter to me. A movie like 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani', which the masses have enjoyed, has given a different kind of success. My next two movies — 'Jia Aur Jia' and 'Margarita with a Straw' — are not the usual Bollywood commercial films.
Ques: After working with your husband Anurag Kashyap for some years, you seem to have established your own individual space in the industry. How did that happen?
Kalki: It’s made possible by sheer hard work. Anyone who comes from the theatre background generally tends to put in that much more effort. I have done that also because I love my work.