KALKI KOECHLIN

KALKI KOECHLIN

Actress & Screenwriter , France & India

Citation

 

"I’m a ‘multi-facedist’! I don’t think you can box people. […] You come across so much inequality and injustice. People have their own way of contributing, but since I’m an artiste, writing or performing is my way of talking about these issues. […] I love both film and theatre. Film is more about internalising the character and making it your own. In theatre, spontaneous reactions are important, but rehearsals are essential.”

Presentation

Kalki Koechlin is of French origin and grew up in southern India. She studied theater in London before moving to Bombay to launch her career as an actress. In 2009, she learned Hindi in the space of six months to secure her first screen role in Dev D by Anurag Kashyap. Her smile, and above all her on-screen liberty, which had not been seen before in India, won over audiences and thrust her to forefront of the Indian “New Wave”.

As the first Western actress to win the hearts of the Indian public, she switched between major Bollywood productions and independent movies, and lately starred in one of the biggest hits in the history of Indian cinema, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (This Youth is Crazy), which drew more than 18 million admissions.

Selected Filmography

Actress

2007      JOURNEY OF A WOMAN Pradeep Sarkar

2009      DEV. D Anurag Kashyap

2010      THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS Anurag Kashyap *

THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR Akshay Shere

I AM Onir

2011      SHAITAN Bejoy Nambiar

YOU DON’T GET LIFE A SECOND TIME Zoya Akhtar

TRISHNA Michael Winterbottom

MY FRIEND PINTO Raaghav Dar

2012      SHANGHAI Dibakar Banerjee

2013      EK THI DAAYAN Kannan Iyer

THIS YOUTH IS CRAZY Ayan Mukerji

2014      MARGARITA WITH A STRAW Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar

HAPPY ENDING Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K.

THE THOUGHT OF YOU Ahmed Roy – short

2015      UN + UNE Claude Lelouch

IF ONLY Ishaan Nair

WAITING Anu Menon

MANTRA Nicholas Kharkongor

CANDYFLIP Shanawaz Nellikunnil

2016      A DEATH IN THE GUNJ Konkona Sen Sharma

*also screenwriter 

Screenwriter

2010      THE JOY OF GIVING Shlok Sharma – short