Kalki Koechlin, who spent a significant part of her childhood in various parts of Tamil Nadu, is fluent in Tamil. So, it's surprising that she has done a number of Bollywood films, but has never appeared in a Tamil movie.Ask the actor about this and she says she would love to explore the film industry, but she's only been offered a couple of scripts so far, and neither interested her. "They are technically so advanced in their film-making, and they also have a lot of alternative cinema there. Mani Ratnam and a number of respected directors are there, too, and they are making interesting cinema in Tamil. I'd love to do something," she says.
Kalki may have entered Bollywood as an outsider with no connections, but she feels it isn't the dark place it is perceived to be. She explains, "I didn't find it difficult. I'm not someone who is particularly interested in being seen at parties regularly. I've enjoyed working with everyone so far, and they have all been hard-working and professional. Some of them, like Zoya (Akhtar), Ranbir (Kapoor) and Deepika (Padukone) have become great friends. I'm enjoying my time here."
At the same time, there is constant buzz about catfights in the industry, which amuse Kalki, who claims she has never been in such awkward situations. "These rumours are so random. I really get along with everyone. I've not felt any sort of tension," says the 31-year-old actor, who made her Bollywood debut with Dev D (2009), and has since starred in films such as Shaitan (2011), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013).
The actor, however, adds that Bollywood is not an 'easy industry in terms of finding work'. "You've got to keep yourself going. It's a challenging world to be in because you don't know what your next job as an actor will be. But in terms of the people, I've had a good equation with them all," she says.