Feminists are sometimes mistaken for being anti-men. Actor Kalki Koechlin - a strongly vocal feminist - clarifies that it is about equal rights for all and adds that she would be a ‘meninst’ if she were in a matriarchal society.
“I think we need to make a nice simple video defining feminism. Everyone is a feminist. If you are not a feminist you are a bad human being. Being a feminist means asking for equality. But people take it in other ways at times. Anyone, who believes men and women are equal, is a feminist. If we would have been living in a matriarchal society I would be a meninist fighting for equal rights of men,” Kalki says.
The 32-year-old actor, who is quite active on social media and uses it to promote the issue of gender equality, praised the platform for being a space to voice opinions. “Social media is great. I find it very useful. It allows the freedom to give your opinion and cuts away the middle man. You can really say what you want to say, but at the same time there are people, who write a lot of bad stuff on it. I find it useful to promote my theater, stay connected to my fans. But, when I am shooting a film I go off the social media,” she said.
Kalki, who was in the national capital to promote her latest release starring Naseeruddin Shah, Waiting, says she does not get offers for typical commercial movies. “I have not been offered any commercial film. I would love to do one soon. Zoya is one of my favourites. I love how her characters grow and how she weaves their back story without even showing it. When I sign a commercial film, I go through the script. Firstly, I need to be sure if I can pull off the character offered. Secondly, the bond I share with the director, being able to understand them is important,” she said.
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Waiting, directed by Anu Menon, is the second time Naseeruddin and Kalki shared screen space. The duo worked with tohether in That Girl in Yellow Boots and shared a great camaraderie. “During That Girl in Yellow Boots I was nervous. I was not that prepared. Probably now I am a better actor than I was at that time. This time, we had a really good chemistry. We are good friends. We keep discussing theater. He wants to direct me on stage but nothing solid is there,” she says.
Praising the 66-year-old actor, Kalki says working with him is easier because of his command over his art. “Half of acting is reacting so your job becomes easier when you have a brilliant actor like Naseeruddin Shah. Just observing him is amazing. I have learned that he argues for the truth of character. Sometimes, I blindly follow the character, I have learned to argue with my director,” she adds.
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