Although a French citizen, she has lived most of her life in India. Known for her unconventional body of work in the Hindi film industry , she is the recipient of such accolades as a National Film Award , a Filmfare , and two Screen Awards. Born in Pondicherry , India, to French parents, Koechlin was drawn to theatre from a young age. She studied drama at Goldsmiths, University of London , and worked simultaneously with a local theatre company. After returning to India, she made her screen debut as Chanda in the drama Dev.
Subsequently, she starred in two of the highest-grossing films of their respective release years—the comedy dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani , both of which garnered her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Filmfare Awards.
Koechlin expanded her career into screenwriting with the crime thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots , in which she also played the lead role. Koechlin's continued association with such commercial films as the supernatural thriller Ek Thi Daayan and the musical drama Gully Boy sustained her success, as she continued to draw praise for her performances in independent films , including the comedy drama Waiting and the slice of life film Ribbon She won further acclaim and a National Film Award for her performance as a young woman with cerebral palsy in the coming of age drama Margarita with a Straw Beginning in late s, Koechlin made a transition to web content and appeared in a spate of successful web series.
She drew particular praise for her portrayal of a lonely socialite in Prime Video's Made in Heaven and a self-styled godwoman in Netflix's Sacred Games both Koechlin has also written, produced, and acted in several stage plays. She co-wrote the drama Skeleton Woman , which won her The MetroPlus Playwright Award , and made her directorial debut on stage with the tragicomedy Living Room Koechlin is also an activist and promotes various causes ranging from health and education to women empowerment and gender equality.
Koechlin was brought up in a strict environment in Ooty where she spoke English , Tamil , and French. Koechlin studied at Hebron School , a boarding school in Ooty, where she was involved in acting and writing.
She has admitted to being shy and quiet as a child. After completing her studies, Koechlin moved back to India and lived with her maternal half-brother in Bangalore. Unable to find work there, she moved to Mumbai , where she worked with theatre directors and with Atul Kumar and Ajay Krishnan, the founders of a Mumbai-based theatre company called "The Company Theatre".
They were looking for actors for a theatrical festival, Contacting the World , to be held in Liverpool. The character was based on Chandramukhi , a pivotal character in the novel, a prostitute who fell in love with the titular character. But he changed his mind and offered her the role after seeing her audition tape. Koechlin played a supporting role in the black comedy The Film Emotional Atyachar , her only film appearance of After facing some early struggle for film roles, Koechlin had four releases in , garnering widespread recognition for her performances in them.
D and the then-unreleased That Girl in Yellow Boots. Koechlin, who took diction classes for the role which required her to speak accented Hindi , revealed that she was keen to do the film because her work in such projects as Dev. D and Shaitan had led her to being typecast in dark roles of prostitutes, troubled teenagers, and misfits.
She said that Kashyap asked her to write the script for the film as he was looking for a woman's perspective for the story. The role was partially based on her own experience as a 'white-girl' in India.
Giving the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, Roger Ebert wrote that Koechlin "creates a memorable woman who is sad and old beyond her years". The film, which was based on the Greek writer Vassilis Vassilikos 's novel Z made into a movie of the same name , premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. She said that the character was, "someone who is not an accepted person [ While Russell Edwards noted the "biting edge" she brought to the role, Aniruddha Guha thought of her as the "weakest link" in the film.
Koechlin's continued association with commercial films sustained her success as seen, in varying degrees, with both of her releases, the supernatural thriller Ek Thi Daayan and the comedy drama Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The former was based on Mobius Trips , a short story written by Mukul Sharma, the father of Konkona Sen Sharma , who also starred in the film. For her role in the film, Koechlin learned to play the guitar , and lip synced "Yaaram", one of the film's track.
She played the role of tomboy , Aditi Mehra. Koechlin, who was nursing her hospitalised mother and simultaneously filming for the project called it a "really tough time". Dealing with the issue of sexual assaults on women, the video mocks the mindset that blames women for provoking rapes. It's Your Fault went viral, with over , views in two days. She credited her performance in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani for landing her the role. She said that people noticed her comic timing in the film, and that worked in her favour. Saurabh Dwivedi of India Today wrote that "Koechlin steals the show with her perfect portrayal of a nagging girlfriend", and Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times noted that, although her character in the film felt a bit forced, she delivered a "charming" performance.
Koechlin starred in Shonali Bose 's drama Margarita with a Straw , playing Laila, a young woman with cerebral palsy who leaves her home in India to study in New York City , unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
Her character was inspired by Malini Chib , Bose's cousin. The workshop aimed at making her "body language seem natural", while also focusing on the speech pattern of patients with cerebral palsy. She also attended a month-long workshop in Delhi, where she worked on the movement of the body parts.
He gave Koechlin the highest praise writing that her performance would have attracted Academy Award notice in a major film studio production. Koechlin appeared in two documentary films in — Freedom Matters , a project aimed at spreading awareness on human trafficking , and Living Shakespeare , a BBC production where she drew parallels between Ophelia and Indian women.
In the former, she played Mimi, a Kolkata-based Anglo-Indian woman, who seduces a younger disturbed teenager. Both Mantra and A Death in the Gunj released theatrically in the first half of —in the months of March and June respectively. Vetticad of Firstpost singled out Koechlin's performance for praise while giving negative reviews to the film. Koechlin played Sahana, a sales executive who faces discrimination at the work place; it was variously regarded as the most mature performance of her film career by commentators.
Produced by Kushal Shrivastava, the production was a psychological thriller that was meant to be a critique of the corporate sector and its treatment of employees.
Koechlin has been associated with theatre from a young age. As a child, she attended theatre workshops in Pondicherry. She has written, produced, and acted in several stage plays in India.
The play is a modern adaptation of an Inuit folk tale about a writer; Koechlin played the protagonist's wife. It premiered at the Prithvi Theatre , Mumbai. In dual roles, Koechlin plays the Argentine writer and intellectual Victoria Ocampo a close associate of Tagore , and a young woman who is writing a research paper on him.
Koechlin made her directorial debut on stage with the play Living Room. She further worked on the script of the play in In a interview with Mumbai Mirror she said, "Last year, when I was unemployed for six months, I started fleshing out the story. It turned into a comedy on life and death". Koechlin identifies herself as a feminist and extensively campaigns for the cause of gender equality.
Koechlin, alongside Jacqueline Fernandez and Sakshi Malik led a group of women at an event, organised as part of the movement, to break the Guinness World Record of "Most people to hold the abdominal plank position" for 1 minute. Koechlin was the ambassador for Cottonworld 's "Adopt-A-Tree" initiative, under which the brand provided its customers with viable seeds and instructions of planting a tree, urging them to give back to the environment. Directed by Shiven Surendranath, the video emphasised on an individual's freedom to choose their sexual identity.
Koechlin is also vociferous on a variety of other issues, including health promotion , education for children in rural areas , and child sexual abuse among others. Koechlin began writing poetry during her childhood and has variously performed and recorded self-written poems. Koechlin starred in a video, entitled Printing Machine that talked about the approach of media and society towards crimes against women, as a part of Culture Machine's video series "Unblushed".
The piece aimed to highlight the "intrinsically faulty" representation propagated by fairy tales. She suggested alternative readings that, among other things, disregarded the notions of a princess "[who] must never displease", a prince, who "has to be gentle and yet be a man " and interpreted a witch not as the " antagonist , but [ In response to the poem, Ishita Sengupta of The Indian Express suggested a re-reading of the fairy tales "in a new light".
Koechlin began working on a podcast for BBC in Entitled "My Indian Life", the series had its debut on the streaming networks on 4 August. Koechlin married film-maker Anurag Kashyap in April , at her maternal home in Ooty. After the separation Koechlin discussed her struggles in an interview with Daily News and Analysis , "Even as an actor, you have days when you haven't slept enough, you don't feel like you're good enough or pretty enough But ultimately, it's all about attitude. You must live with a little abandon and not be self-conscious.
You ought to stop staring at yourself in the mirror, and just smile a little! Koechlin has been acknowledged in the media for her unconventional roles in films and her straightforward personality. Jha deemed her the "free-thinking actress this industry [Bollywood] needs". Following her portrayal of such characters as those in Dev. Koechlin is described as a style icon by the Indian media and has been dubbed as the "queen of experimental fashion".
Koechlin is particularly known in the Indian media and film industry for her dedication to her work. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pondicherry , India. Anurag Kashyap m. Main article: Koechlin family. It's not my job to keep myself in the news. My job is to keep performing. If I spend time promoting myself or being concerned about my image, I wouldn't have the energy to do the work that I'm doing. Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Kalki Koechlin. Archived from the original on 13 September Retrieved 10 January Hindustan Times.
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