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‘Theatre’s not cool in Delhi’

‘Theatre’s not cool in Delhi’
What makes Kalki Koechlin stand out in the crowd is the bohemian charm she exudes. When Millennium Post caught up with Kalki on her recent visit to the Capital to announce her association with AOC TV as brand ambassador, the actor looked chic in an LBD which she paired with a fedora and a pearl rosary that she converted into a neckpiece.
‘I am a moody dresser. More mercurial you can say,’ says Kalki, who is currently busy  playing the ‘bohemian and free spirited’ Lisa in
Ek Thi Daayan
and working in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani which also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Aditya Roy Kapoor — and where she plays Aditi who is best friends with the character of Ranbir and Aditya.

‘I play a tomboy. She is a typical Bombay girl,’ says the actor. ‘It is different than the rich prissy girl I played in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. It’s a lot more cheerful than the other characters I have played,’ says Kalki, laughing.

Does she regret not getting lead roles? ‘Not really. I haven’t thought about it. If I find a character interesting, I take it,’ she explains.

The actor is also gearing up for her new play which is a comedy about death which will be staged possibly later this year. ‘It is a satirical look at death and life,’ Kalki elaborates.

Will she be seen on the stage in Delhi soon? The actor says she’s keen but doesn’t get shows in the Capital which ‘has a strong theatre background because of the National School of Drama’. ‘It’s still not become cool to watch theatre in Delhi. Young people are too busy partying. But it’s the job of young actors to do plays that are accessible to the youth. Right now, there is a small but loyal crowd,’ says the actor.     

How does she select her scripts? Kalki says that she usually gets to know if the script works for her when she is reading it. But she doesn’t look for just comedy or tragedy. ‘Contradiction and balancing emotions is important,’ she says.

The actor was recently quoted saying she gets bored of reading husband Anurag Kashyap’s scripts. But Kalki clarifies, saying she was misquoted. ‘I had said that if I spend all my time reading his scripts then I won’t have enough time,’ she explains.

With completely diverse movies like Ek Tha Tiger and Gangs of Wasseypur becoming superhits, does the market right now has space for both masala and art movies? ‘An art space is growing,’ agrees the actor. ‘The trick is to make art into commercial. Gangs of Wasseypur was successful even in small towns. You have to give people a good product,’ she adds.

Any plans of working with the Khans yet? ‘Not that I know of,’ says Kalki who sees herself ‘working hard, struggling and relaxing’ five years from now. Her idea of a holiday? ‘No phones, internet...just the mountains and books’. Well, Amen to that! 
Promita Mukherjee

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