Just as actor Kalki Koechlin finished promoting her last film, Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, she got involved with her next release, That Girl In Yellow Boots (TGIYB). She also recently wrapped up shooting for Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai and is now readying to market her October release, My Friend Pinto.
“I’ve been promoting films every month and I’m tired,” says Kalki from New York, where she and director-husband, Anurag Kashyap will attend the US premiere of the film. Though the couple tied the knot in April, they are yet to go on their honeymoon. But they’re hoping for that opportune moment to arrive once TGIYB releases. “I do need a vacation, and no, we haven’t had time for our honeymoon yet. We’re hoping to head out once TGIYB releases (September 2),” says an audibly fatigued Kalki, who plays a British citizen in the film. Her character, Ruth arrives in India to look for her father, and in the process, finds herself involved in Mumbai’s gritty underworld.
Born to French parents, Kalki began working on her Hindi diction when she made her Bollywood debut in Kashyap’s Dev.D (2009). So when she was required to speak “broken Hindi” in TGIYB, she had to undo her learning. “I had to consciously put on an accent since my Hindi is much better now,” says the young actor.
In Banerjee’s next, which is currently expected to release January 26 next year, Kalki plays a student who because of her “act-before-you-think attitude finds herself unwittingly involved in a serious drama”. “I’ve always wanted to work with Dibakar,” she says adding that even though this will be her second film with Abhay Deol, she only has one scene with him.