Kalki Koechlin does not star in hubby Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur. Yet, she has been bombarded with questions about the film. In fact, in response to the repeated queries about her absence from the film, she was quoted saying, “I don’t look like a Bihari gaon ki ladki (village girl) from any angle. That’s simply why.”
The latest turn of events, Anurag reveals, is that Kalki has decided not to work with him from now on. “Everyone, including the media, has questioned her so much (about her
professional association with Anurag) that usne decide kar liya hai woh kuch karegi hi nahi mere saath (she has decided not to work with me anymore). Now, Kalki intends to do everything on her own,” says Anurag.
Anurag had directed Kalki in Dev.D (2009) and That Girl In Yellow Boots (2010). He also produced Shaitan (2011), in which Kalki played a rich brat.
He says: “Everyone feels that Kalki is getting these roles because of me. When someone is working hard and people take away their credit, obviously, they’ll feel bad.”
The filmmaker clarifies that Kalki “never gets a role” just like that. “She auditions for all her roles, including smaller ones. Even for (Dibakar Banerjee’s) Shanghai, she auditioned extensively. She even auditions for ads.”
A few years ago, Anurag had produced Kalki’s debut play as a writer and co-director, Skeleton Woman. This time, though the actor has finished work on her next untitled project, a dark comedy on death, she hasn’t asked her hubby for any help.
“She just wants me to go and watch it,” says Anurag, who has just returned from a “superb” trip to the Cannes Film Festival. “I managed to sell the film (Gangs of Wasseypur) there. Now, it will release in non-diaspora markets too. It’s a huge achievement that our film is getting a mainstream release (in the European market),” says the filmmaker.