Kalki Koechlin, who made her Bollywood debut with Dev D, has revealed that director and estranged husband Anurag Kashyap thought she was a misfit for the role.
The 30-year-old played Chanda in the modern-day take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic Bengali novel Devdas. "While the producers of Dev D directly contacted me to audition for the role of Chanda, Anurag Kashyap
was completely against the idea. After seeing my portfolio, Anurag rejected me stating that I am not an Indian and do not look the role."
"However, the production house secretly auditioned me without informing Anurag and sent him the audition tape for his feedback. After hesitantly agreeing to watch the audition, he was so impressed that he immediately called me and offered me to play the part," Kalki said on a chat show The Ride.
The 2009 hit film was written and directed by Anurag and was produced by Ronnie Screwvala.
Kalki and Anurag started dating each other after the film and tied the knot after two years on April 30, 2011. But the couple got separated
late last year citing differences.
The Zindagi Na Melegi Dobara actress said she wishes the best for Anurag. "There are still some differences between Anurag and me and that equation is complicated. While there are still some unhealed, raw wounds, I respect Anurag and cherish being his friend," she added.
The first episode of The Ride will go on air tomorrow on Pepsi MTV Indies.
Anurag-Kalki: They got married in April 2011, separated last year. Kashyap recently said that when he started dating assistant director Sabrina Khan, Kalki was the first to know. (Photos: Amlan Dutta/HT)