Whether film or OTT, good content is hard to come by, says Kalki Koechlin

From “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” to “Margarita with a Straw”. Out of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani‘ to ‘The girl is here Yellow Boots‘. Not forgetting her roles in OTT Shows like Made in Heaven and Sacred Games. What has remained constant with actor Kalki KochlinThe trajectory of is her ability to focus on scripts that promise to give her enough room to deliver.



“Choosing a script… Well, I think it’s more in the gut than in the head. Something piques my curiosity. Still, sometimes I agree to keep going because it’s good for the commercial audience or I need the work,” she tells IANS.

Born in Pondicherry to French parents, Koechlin, who spent a significant part of her childhood in Auroville and studied drama and theater at Goldsmiths University of London, will soon star in the film Pushan Kripalani‘s “Goldfish,” which will have its world premiere at the 27th Busan International Film Festival.

Stressed that she loved KripalaniDebut film Threshold and has wanted to work with him ever since, the actor adds, “This script was just powerful and deep, there was just no question not doing it. I had to have an English accent: Occam. That was mostly mine Preparation and lots of readings via zoom as we were surrounded by the second wave of the pandemic. Pushan did his own camera work, often running two cameras at once for the length of the entire scene. I loved that process, we were able to react so honestly and spontaneously. ”

Koechlin, who co-wrote the MetroPlus Playwright Award-winning drama Skeleton Woman and made her directorial debut onstage with the tragic comedy Living Room, smiles when asked if she still looks like herself feel like an “outsider”. “I feel like an actor. And there is no room big enough to contain all of our dramatic efforts.”

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The National Award-winning actor thinks that while OTT has created plenty of jobs and an opportunity for talent to shine, good content, whether it’s in film or at OTT, is still hard to come by. “If I have one gripe, it’s that there is too much content to read, and as I always insist on reading the whole, not just a synopsis, it can get tiring if the content isn’t great.”

Koechlin, who recently wrote the book The Elephant in the Forest womb‘, which talks about the social stigma of abortion and unmarried pregnancy, the toll pregnancy takes on a body, and the unrecognized domestic chores of women, among other things, may not have plans to write another book any time soon, but she does certainly learned how to deal with comments about her private life. “Mostly I ignore it. Also, I’ve accepted that as part of the job. If I need privacy, I just turn off my phone.”

She remembers the lockdown days and says they were tough. “And coincidentally I had just given birth to a child. It was a lonely time and the news was so grim that I was afraid to connect with the outside world. The whole time was an emotional drudgery, but writing ‘The Elephant in the Womb’ gave it. I was so thankful that a little part of me was still creative, it gave me some routine for the endless feeling of those days.

The actress, who has just filmed for Kho Gaye Hum Kahan, is now working on the third season of her podcast with the BBC, My Indian Life. “I’m really hungry to do more theatre. I haven’t gotten there yet with the balance between mother and job, but hopefully soon,” she says.

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