With her gripping performances in films like That Girl In Yellow Boots (2011) and Margarita With A Straw (2014), among others, Kalki Koechlin has carved a niche for herself in the industry. However, while most actors do multiple movies in a year, Kalki usually keeps a low profile. “I don’t get many film offers. I would love to take on more movies if I get a chance. I would love to do a masala (commercial) film, but I don’t get offered any,” says Kalki.
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Her latest release, Waiting, features her alongside Naseeruddin Shah. Ask her about the experience of working with the senior actor, and Kalki says, “I had a great time. He’s an actor’s dream to work with, because he’s always very prepared. He’s also a spontaneous actor; he’ll suddenly improvise and think of something. That’s very cool. An actor has to be a lot more alert when working with him.” Apart from her acting skills, Kalki is also known for making fashion forward public appearances. Does the constant pressure to look good ever get to her? “The pressure is there, but I have never worked under pressure. I have always done what I have wanted to do,” she says.
Owing to her intense career choices, Kalki is often referred to as a ‘serious’ actor. Ask her if this perception bothers her, and she says, “It doesn’t bother me. But it just means that my work doesn’t really let me explore the comical or the funnier side of things. I wish that happens more.”