First Lady with Kalki Koechlin: Margarita With a Straw actor talks Bollywood, empowerment

This week on First Lady with Meghna Pant, we have one of India's most talented actors — Kalki Koechlin. Kalki opens up about what it means to work in a male-dominated industry.

Kalki, known for taking up unconventional roles, from her very first in Dev D to Margarita with a Straw, discusses how the directors pushed her to do better every time and fit into the part. The actor says  her character in Margarita with a Straw was her 'scariest' role yet and how a six-month deadline was set to get the part right. Kalki further tells us how she gets to the depths of characters she portrays and the importance of balancing reel and real lives.

Citing the examples of films such as Piku and Queen, she goes on to address male domination in Bollywood and cliched plots of cinema. Kalki talks about how the scenario is slowly changing.

About women, the challenges they can take up and change, Kalki says 'Dont try to help me, just help your own situation.' The actress believes that men will accommodate women who start to empower themselves.

Kalki also travels back in time and recollects being enthralled by movies and aspiring to be an actress someday, wanting to make people laugh and cry. If you thought Kalki was all about 'intellectual' and watches only intense movies, that's not really true! The lady even loves romantic comedies (considering her pleasing appearances in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), blockbusters and a lot of documentaries.

Watch the latest episode for all this and more from the effortless actor as she expresses about staying in touch with reality without showbiz taking over, and much more.
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Published Date: Feb 03, 2017 06:43 pm | Updated Date: May 26, 2017 01:04 pm


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