Kalki Koechlin says that her work doesn’t contradict her ideologies. She says that she’s a woman of substance and that’s what her work also shows. Kalki’s next, Mantra, has her playing the role of a daughter who’s a part of a dysfunctional family. The film is set in early 2000s when liberalisation hit India and MNCs came in. For Kalki, Mantra is quite relatable because she says she had witnessed that change of economy and how it affected the lives of people growing up in that phase.
Apart from doing films that become a talking point for its content, Kalki is also known in the industry as someone who is not vocally a shy actress. She represents that league of actresses who don’t refrain from putting their point of view across on topics from both within and outside the film industry. During my interview with her in the Capital, I found a peculiar quality. Not many celebrities or actors have the patience to hear what an interviewer has to ask, analyse it and then give an answer. Kalki has that. Even when she senses a question that is capable of offending her, she takes it in her side and answers it gracefully.
Here are the excerpts from InUth’s interview with Kalki Koechlin where she talks about independent films, not getting roles in commercial Hindi cinema, her love for acting and more.