Kalki Koechlin, an actress, has made her mark in Indian cinema, by being a nonconformist & striving creatively to achieve the perfect portrayal of her unique characters. She is also a regular at theater productions in the country, making her incredibly powerful in expressing herself as an artist.
Kalki made her screen debut with a supporting role in the drama Dev.D (2009) winning a Filmfare Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’. She played a supporting role in the black comedy Emotional Atyachar co-starring Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak and Ravi Kishan.
Kalki was praised for her performance in Shaitan. Subsequently, she starred in two of the highest-grossing films, comedy-dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) & Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013).
She co-wrote the screenplay for the crime thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011), in which she also played the lead role. The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival & the South Asian International Film Festival.
She frequently uses YouTube as a platform to address issues that she strongly supports such as health & education, women's empowerment, gender equality & more. She has acted in several ‘viral’ videos including AIB's It's Your Fault, Culture Machine's Printing Machine & Noise & Y-Films's web-series entitled Man's World.
In addition to her film career, Koechlin has written, produced, & acted in several stage plays in India. She co-wrote the dramas Skeleton Woman (2009), which won her The MetroPlus Playwright Award, & Colour Blind (2014). She made her directorial debut on stage with the tragicomedy Living Room (2015).
She has also hosted a travel show, Kalki's Great Escape, which premiered on Fox Life in 2016.
Awards and Accomplishments
Awards and Accomplishments
- Kalki has won MetroPlus Playwright Award in ‘Best English Theater Script’ for Skeleton Woman in 2009
- FilmFare Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for Dev.D in 2010.
- Screen Awards for ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ for Shaitan in 2012.
- Kalki won ‘Best Actress’ at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, ‘Best Actress(Jury)’ for Screen Awards, ‘Best Actress(Critics)’ at Times of India Film Awards and ‘Special Jury Award’ at National Film Awards for her movie Margarita with a Straw.
- Kalki has been awarded the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French government in June, 2018.
Why Kalki Koechlin ?
Kalki Koechlin is one of the few actresses whose choice of work is not only different from the rest but also very diametric from her own persona. She is famous for doing roles portraying strong women characters which resist the conventional Indian norms and practices. Her multicultural experiences & intellect along with powerful oratory skills make her an impactful speaker.
Kalki Koechlin is also actively involved with various humanitarian causes like women’s rights and gender equality. She regularly participates in various social campaigns to promote education for children living in rural India.