Known for her offbeat film and theatre roles, as well as for being outspoken when it comes to social issues, Kalki Koechlin is now taking the stage for a different kind of performance. She will recite a set of three poems that she has composed, in a show titled Spotlight, on February 22, at The Hive in Khar (W).
"I don’t write poetry often, but it’s a habit I have cultivated since childhood. I will be reading out some of my most recent work, written over the last two years. For me, poetry has to be relevant," says the actor.
Be it a monologue about women’s issues on International Women’s Day (March 8) last year, or a satirical video about rape, titled It’s Your Fault, which went viral in 2013, Kalki says it’s important for her to make a point socially with her work. "One of the poems deals with the issue of consumerism and the main piece is a sketch about contemporary India. It deals with issues such as politics, current affairs, violence, hatred, and more. The last one is a nursery rhyme that I feel will add some comic relief to the show," she explains.
It might be a poetry recital, but don’t expect the actor to perch herself atop a stool and read from a book. "I plan to perform along with reciting the poem. To be honest, I cannot help but perform while I am on stage," says the actor, with a laugh.
Kalki, who is currently acting in a play about the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore, is also set to direct a stage production for the first time. Excited about the project, she says, "I’ve written a comedy piece about death. I plan to start directing it this summer. The thought behind it is that everyone has to face death; nobody is immortal. I’ve taken a philosophical approach. I hope I don’t lose my hair in the process."