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If I vote this time, then I’ll go for NOTA, says Kalki Koechlin

In a chat with HT Brunch, actor Kalki Koechlin talks of a host of topics ranging from the best thing about Bollywood to why we need a womanifesto and not manifesto.

brunch Updated: Apr 06, 2014 12:23 IST
Veenu Singh

If not Bollywood, Kalki would have become a criminal psychologist as she loves to explore human mind. As an actor she anyday prefers romcoms to comedy. The Shaitan actor is also impressed with Neha Dhupia's style sense.

If you weren’t an actress, you would have been…

A criminal psychologist, because I love to explore how people’s minds work.

The best thing about being a woman.

That I’m not a man.

How did your training in theatre help you in Bollywood?

I feel that any kind of experience helps because the more you learn, the better you become.

Romance or comedy, what interests you more?

As an actor, I’d like to explore every genre, but personally I love rom-coms.

One classic Hindi film you wish you’d been a part of.

I would’ve loved to be a part of Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa [1957].

Your favourite memory of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

It has to be the snowball fight between Ranbir Kapoor and me. On his team were his bodyguards and his hair and make-up people and I had Deepika [Padukone] and Aditya [Kapoor].


The best thing about Bollywood.

If you are willing to work hard, then Bollywood has a lot to offer.

Your favourite apps.

I love QuizUp, a trivia-based game on all imaginable topics, which you can play with your friends online.

A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.

That it is very important to take your time.

Your favourite hangout.

It has to be my mother’s house near Ooty. It is an ideal getaway as you don’t get mobile network there. I love to just relax and read a lot.

A song that describes your current state of mind.

Ajeeb daastan hai yeh from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai [1960].

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/4/ht-brunch-pg-28-b.jpgThe craziest thing a fan has done for you.

A student from Ahmedabad, who has been chasing me on Twitter, wants to fly all the way from there to see me.

Who is your 3am friend?

Kali Roy, my neighbour and a theatre artist. I run to her whenever I’m in need.

Three things you would wish for if you were stranded on an island.

Lots of drinking water, tanning lotion and a bunch of my friends.

Three skin care products you can’t do without.

I love most L’Occitane products. I also like the make-up remover from Vichy and argan oil from Morocco.

Your favourite street food.

I think Delhi has the best street food and I love gol gappas.

A dessert that describes you.

I have a sweet tooth but I think Rasmalai suits me best.

The biggest risk that you have taken.

When I tried to fund my education in London by working there. That was the first time I did everything on my own.

Your fitness mantra.

I like swimming a lot. I’m not a fan of the gym. I prefer to move outdoors or do yoga.

The best way to destress.

I have a hot bath after a long day, switch off my phone and read a book. I also enjoy going for treks.

The last line of your autobiography would read….

"I have more coming, I’m not dead yet!"

Whose style sense do you admire the most?
I think that Neha Dhupia has a great sense of style

Birthday: January 9
sun sign: Capricorn
Place of birth: Puducherry
Hometown: Puducherry
School/College: Hebron School, Ooty; University of London
First Break: Dev.D (2009)
High point of your life: Getting a really intelligent script
Low point of your life: When I spent nine months rejecting scripts
Currently I am... All set to judge the Nokia-Your Wish Is My App, a reality show to be aired on NDTV Prime soon

— Interviewed by Veenu Singh

From HT Brunch, April 6

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