edition of the popular section Celebrity in the Spotlight, BollyCurry shines
its light on one of the finest, yet underrated actresses of our times. Known
for her nearly flawless acting and sharp intelligence, Kalki Koechlin is one
actress who's managed to win the adulation of audiences and critics alike.
was born on the 10th of January, 1984, to Joel Koechlin and Francoise Armandi
in the quaint little city of
Puducherry [then Pondicherry]. Not many know that
Koechlin is actually of French descent; her parents had migrated to India
around 40 years back as they were strong believers of the famous spiritual
leader Sri Aurobindo. Koechlin completed her schooling from the Hebron School,
Ooty, and then went on to pursue Drama and Theatre in Goldsmiths, University
returned to India after completing her education and lived in Bengaluru with
her brother for nearly a year, trying her luck in the theatre industry there.
However, she soon came to realize that there was no scope for her in the city, and
decided to move to Mumbai to try her luck in the entertainment industry.
While in Mumbai, she worked extensively in theatre, but the money she earned
was never enough for her, which is what prompted her to try her luck in
Bollywood. After a short stint in the modelling and advertising industry, she
auditioned for the role of Chanda for a modern remake of SC Chattopadhyay's
Bengali novella 'Devdas' and landed the
role of Chanda in the film Dev D. The
movie performed decently well at the Box Office, and Koechlin's performance was
lauded by everyone.
her power-packed performance in Dev D,
Koechin did not appear in any films for nearly 2 years and stuck to theatre.
She then returned to the silver screen with The
Girl in Yellow Boots and Shaitan,
where her performances were appreciated by the critics and audience alike,
despite the films not performing too well at the Box Office. She also appeared
in the popular film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara,
which changed the audience's perception towards her and her performances. Since
then, Koechlin has maintained a fine balance between commercial and realistic
cinema, and has appeared in many popular and critically acclaimed films such as
Friend Pinto and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, where her performances have
been always brought her into the limelight.
5 years of entering the industry, Koechlin has carved a niche for herself and
has not allowed herself to be typecasted into a specific role. She's been
widely appreciated for her choice of roles and her performances and continues
to wow her fans with her sharp intelligence. She has won 2
awards over the span of her career, one of them being the prestigious
Filmfare Award for the Best Debut for her impeccable portrayal of Chanda in Dev D.
is married to ace director-producer Anurag Kashyap, who directed her first
film, Dev D. While it appeared as if all
was well, the two parted ways last year to take some time apart.
However, Kashyap was all praises for Koechlin on a recent episode of Koffee with Karan and the two still share a comfortable relationship.
- Koechlin is a direct
descendant of the structural engineer Maurice Koechlin, who was a part of the team
that designed the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.
- Koechlin didn't know Hindi
when she first auditioned for Dev D, as she was only fluent in English, Tamil and
French. She began to learn Hindi after she was signed on, and actually
learnt to read, write and speak Hindi from scratch.
- In September 2013, she
featured in a video called It's My Fault alongside VJ Ruhi Pandey.
The video was a response to the ludicrous statements issued by various
individuals regarding the Delhi Gang Rape case by the popular stand up
comic group, All India Bakchod. It went viral in a matter of a few
days, earning about three million views.
lineup for the coming year includes the eagerly awaited film Happy New Year,
Jiah and Jiah, and Margarita with a Straw, along with many other theatre projects. Here's hoping that her
upcoming flicks and performances continue to bring her the success and admiration that she
deserves. BollyCurry wishes Kalki Koechlin all the very best for her future!
Author: Ritchelle C.
Editor/s: Komal P. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Shikha A.
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