Kalki Koechlin on life before and after Dev D!

Kalki Koechlin; is one of the most talented finds of Bollywood, and the actress has carved a niche for herself in the world of showbiz with her experimental film choices. As a result, the actress has a body of work that’s envious to many as actors!

Kalki Koechlin on life before and after Dev D! Kalki Koechlin on life before and after Dev D! Source : press

Kalki Koechlin; is one of the most talented finds of Bollywood, and the actress has carved a niche for herself in the world of showbiz with her experimental film choices. As a result the actress has a work body that's envious to many as actors!


Be it her debut; Dev D, or films like Shaitaan, Margarita With A Straw or That Girl In Yellow Boots, the actress has pulled off characters that not many of her contemporaries would be able to with that kind of ease. However; the actress who has not got her due as an actor very often, has made her presence felt by winning the prestigious National Film Award.


In a recent piece to Humans Of Bombay; Kalki opened up about her journey in Bollywood, her childhood and life post divorce with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Reminiscing about her childhood Kalki said she realized at a young age that she wants to pursue acting as a full time profession. 


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“My father hitchhiked from France to India & while he was living here, he met my mother. When they started a family, they were very much the locals of the city. My father taught hang gliding, while my mom taught French. I had an amazing childhood. For the most part, I was never aware that I was ‘white’. I didn’t feel like an outsider until much later. As I grew up, I noticed the difference. When I was a teenager, my friends & I would go on trips to the beach & people would approach me to buy drugs. I also had a nagging fear that I was being hit on because people thought I didn’t follow Indian customs. So I’d be extra nice with the aunties–make sure they knew I was just like my friends. As the years went by I realised I wanted to be an actor & went abroad to study. To sustain myself, I worked as a waitress & taught in schools while trying to juggle plays. Once I knew I was ready–I moved back home. I started going for auditions, I’d even carry an extra pair of clothes everywhere. But it was hard. I got many rejections & was typecast. After countless tries I finally got my first role in DevD! But that wasn’t enough to guarantee more work. For 2 years I had no offers. But I didn’t give up, I kept writing & acting in my own plays. And in 2011 I had 4 movie releases! The struggles never really end. When my ex-husband & I separated, I had to deal with the rumors. Everytime I stepped out with a man, the media thought we were dating. Journalists would ask how my life was post-divorce, how was I handling my career & balancing it? Even concerned neighbours would ask my parents such questions. But I chose to ignore it. So through all of this, I’ve learnt that the struggle is on-going. It can find you anywhere. But life goes on, you think it’s the end of the world just because something terrible happens, but you know you can deal with it. It will pass and tomorrow it will take care of itself! But it's amazing what you can get through! You sleep it off & begin again.” —- HoB with Amazon Prime Video India brings to you the real stories of people which showcase the good, the bad and the ugly – all that is a part of the chaos of life, through their new show #MadeInHeaven

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Speaking of the same; the Gully Boy actress wrote," As the years went by, I realized I wanted to be an actor and went abroad to study. To sustain myself, I worked as a waitress and taught in schools while trying to juggle plays. Once I knew I was ready, I moved back home." 

 
Despite having a successful debut in Dev D; Kalki revealed she was out of work for a full 2 years. "I started going for auditions, I'd even carry an extra pair of clothes everywhere. But it was hard. I got many rejections and was typecast. After countless tries I finally got my first role in DevD But that wasn't enough to guarantee more work. For 2 years I had no offers. But I didn't give up, I kept writing and acting in my own plays and in 2011 I had 4 movie releases." 


Being a divorcee is still considered a stigma in most parts of our country including many parts of metro cities. Kalki; who was married to filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, spoke about her struggles post her divorce with Kashyap. "The struggles never really end. When my ex-husband and I separated, I had to deal with the rumours. Every time I stepped out with a man, the media thought we were dating. Journalists would ask how my life was post-divorce, how was I handling my career and balancing it? Even concerned neighbours would ask my parents such questions. But I chose to ignore it."


Kalki's latest project is a collaboration with Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar for Amazon Prime Video's Made In Heaven. In the drama series, she plays the role of Faiza, a victim of domestic abuse. Her last Bollywood outing was Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy alongside Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh!


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