Kalki Koechlin, along with her management agency Kwan, is conducting a three-day theatre workshop in the city that ends today. She’s been teaching acting techniques, body language, voice modulation and the like to an energetic group of young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 from the NGO Akshara.
“The essence of the workshop is not to give ‘gyaan’ (advice) because when you get preachy, people tend to tune you out, but spread a message in an exciting and entertaining way,” reasons the French-born Indian actor, who’s starred in films like Shaitan (2011), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) Dev D (2009).
Kalki studied drama in Goldsmiths, University of London. She has acted in plays like David Hare’s The Blue Room, Marivaux’s The Dispute and Ajay Krishnan’s Hair. She believes that street plays are a great way of questioning patriarchal privileges.
“More than teaching them about gender equality and propagating social change, I’m teaching them how to use their their voice, imagination and talent to engage people,” she points out, adding that having done street plays in London, she knows just how difficult it is to catch people’s attention on a crowded road. “I guess it’s even more chaotic here and doubly difficult to address a non-dedicated audience.”
Meanwhile, Kalki herself has been busy writing a play. “It’s a dark comedy about death,” she informs. “The script is ready but I don’t see the play going on stage before four-five months.”