Kalki Koechlin On Life After Separation from Anurag Kashyap, Experiencing Rejections & More…….


         Kalki Koechlin’s repertoire of films include several unconventional roles that only a few actresses in Bollywood could have pulled off (cue Dev D, That Girl in Yellow Boots, Shaitan, Margarita With a Straw among others). However, her journey in Bollywood has not been a smooth sailing. Kalki, in a piece for Humans Of Bombay, spoke about her journey in the Indian film industry, while touching on issues like dealing with struggle, being typecast and more. “I started going for auditions, I’d even carry an extra pair of clothes everywhere. But it was hard. I got many rejections and was typecast. After countless tries I finally got my first role in DevD But that wasn’t enough to guarantee more work. For 2 years I had no offers. But I didn’t give up, I kept writing and acting in my own plays and in 2011 I had 4 movie releases.” Kalki also touched upon her separation with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and how she dealt with the negative publicity after they parted ways. She said, “The struggles never really end. When my ex-husband and I separated, I had to deal with the rumours. Every time I stepped out with a man, the media thought we were dating. Journalists would ask how my life was post-divorce, how was I handling my career and balancing it? Even concerned neighbours would ask my parents such questions. But I chose to ignore it.”