Kalki Koechlin is often called ‘alternative’ for her choice of movies. “Probably because I refuse to be labelled. I’m not into preconceived notions. But I really do believe that we have such an opportunity to create different platforms where different genres, characters and narratives can coexist,” the actor said.
The Indian actor of French descent (her French parents were hippies in Pondicherry), considers college-goers as her real audience. “I think I’m a product of a generation that sees young people being more opinionated than ever before. When I go to Bhavans College in Mumbai for rehearsals, I see the kids… they’re hard-core, more than I was as a teenager. The way they dress, some are goth, some are grunge. This increased awareness of the world around them has opened them to different opinions and many points of view. They are our new audience. I take them very seriously,” said Kalki, who wants that there should be a space available for those who think differently.
“I don’t want a dictatorship where only an Anurag Kashyap (her filmmaker hubby) can make a film; or only a ‘dark’ filmmaker can make one kind of film. But for the longest time, that space for alternative storytelling didn’t exist in Bollywood. I think it’s happening now,” she added.
Does the actor consciously try to make herself different or anti-Bollywood? “I never concocted a plan to change the face of Indian cinema. But I was very adamant that I won’t change or mould myself to fit in… I’m only doing what I truly believe in,” said Kalki.