Watch: Kalki Koechlin talks about independent cinema in India, being typecast in Bollywood

Kalki Koechlin spoke about her Indo-Pak documentary Azmaish and the upcoming web series Smoke, where she plays a Goan Portuguese DJ.

Neerja Deodhar June 23, 2017 16:52:57 IST

Kalki Koechlin is one of those people who walks into a room and effortlessly holds the attention of everyone in it. This is not because she has the air of a star or because she calls attention to herself — it is quite the opposite. When I met her at the launch of the video of her spoken word poem, 'Noise', she looked radiant no doubt, but it was her easy-going disposition that made her endearing.

Within moments of being attacked by a bevy of photographers armed with flashy cameras and reflectors, she settled down on a couch and casually said, "Isn't it really cold in here?" with a small smile. Even when answering questions, Kalki has no pretensions. She was realistic about the time and effort it took to write her poem, which she was motivated to write it because the subject — the noise that surrounds our everyday lives and which clutters our heads — bothered her.

Weeks after the release of her film A Death in the Gunj, directed by Konkona Sen Sharma, Firstpost speaks to Kalki Koechlin about her poem Noise, as well as her upcoming projects Azmaish, an Indo-Pak documentary where she collaborated with Pakistani director Sabiha Sumar and Smoke, a web series where she plays a Goan Portuguese DJ. She also talked about the tedious process of crowdfunding independent films, how she picks roles, and being typecast in Bollywood.

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