A couple of years back, Kalki Koechlin authored her first play, Skeleton Woman along with actor-writer Prashant Prakash. Later, she got busy with her back-to-back Bollywood films. Now, although Kalki has donned her playwright avatar once again with a full-fledged theatrical production, she has put it on hold until her new films – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD) and Daayan – are wrapped up.
“Yes, I have just finished writing a play but obviously, now I won’t have time to set it up until Daayan and YJHD get over. But I am happy that the writing part is over. In a nutshell, the play is about death but it’s quite comical in the dark comedy genre. I plan to start working on it with actors once my two films are done because I am going to be busy for a few months,” says the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) actor.
Ask Kalki if her untitled play will be produced by hubby and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who also produced Skeleton Woman and she smiles: “Right now, I don’t know who will produce it. We will take a call when I start working on it.” Interestingly, Skeleton Woman was inspired from a folk tale from the book Women Who Run With The Wolves, which Anurag had gifted Kalki when she was auditioning for Dev D (2009).
Besides YJHD that stars Ayan Mukerji, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, Kalki has also been roped in for Vishal Bhardwaj’s next production Daayan. “I have been excited about Daayan for a long time. I read the script more than eight months ago and it’s very different from anything I have done. It’s a supernatural mystery in a purely magical realm. Plus, I am a big fan of Vishal Bhardwaj,” says Kalki.
But according to rumours, wasn’t Daayan, which also stars Emraan Hashmi, offered to Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan first? “As far as I know, Daayan has more than one female role. So, I don’t know which part people are talking about. And also, it doesn’t matter to me if it’s true or not. It’s absolutely cool because if they didn’t want to do it, other people get a chance,” says Kalki, who will next be seen in Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai.