Kalki Koechlin: After so many years in this industry, I’ve learnt that struggle is an on-going process
Recently we came across the moving story of ‘Gulaal’ actor Savi Sidhu. Due to the financial crisis, the actor has now taken up the job of a security guard to make the ends meet. In this film industry, you will find several such supremely talented artistes full of struggle stories. ‘Gully Boy’ star Kalki Koechlin is one such actress who despite giving some stellar performances has faced several obstacles to get where she is today. Kalki, however, feels that struggle is an on-going process as they never really end.
Kalki is one of those rare celebs who like to call a spade a spade. She is always vocal about her views and doesn’t care if they are in sync with popular views. Opening up about her struggle as a ‘white’ child growing up in India, Kalki in a post for Humans of Bombay wrote, “I had an amazing childhood. For the most part, I was never aware that I was ‘white’. I didn’t feel like an outsider until much later. As I grew up, I noticed the difference. When I was a teenager, my friends & I would go on trips to the beach & people would approach me to buy drugs. I also had a nagging fear that I was being hit on because people thought I didn’t follow Indian customs.”
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#Repost @officialhumansofbombay (@get_repost) ・・・ “My father hitchhiked from France to India & while he was living here, he met my mother. When they started a family, they were very much the locals of the city. My father taught hang gliding, while my mom taught French. I had an amazing childhood. For the most part, I was never aware that I was ‘white’. I didn’t feel like an outsider until much later. As I grew up, I noticed the difference. When I was a teenager, my friends & I would go on trips to the beach & people would approach me to buy drugs. I also had a nagging fear that I was being hit on because people thought I didn’t follow Indian customs. So I’d be extra nice with the aunties–make sure they knew I was just like my friends. As the years went by I realised I wanted to be an actor & went abroad to study. To sustain myself, I worked as a waitress & taught in schools while trying to juggle plays. Once I knew I was ready–I moved back home. I started going for auditions, I’d even carry an extra pair of clothes everywhere. But it was hard. I got many rejections & 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 & acting in my own plays. And in 2011 I had 4 movie releases! The struggles never really end. When my ex-husband & I separated, I had to deal with the rumors. Everytime 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 & balancing it? Even concerned neighbours would ask my parents such questions. But I chose to ignore it. So through all of this, I’ve learnt that the struggle is on-going. It can find you anywhere. But life goes on, you think it’s the end of the world just because something terrible happens, but you know you can deal with it. It will pass and tomorrow it will take care of itself! But it's amazing what you can get through! You sleep it off & begin again.” —- HoB with Amazon Prime Video India brings to you the real stories of people which showcase the good, the bad and the ugly – all that is a part of the chaos
Kalki made her acting debut in Bollywood with Anurag Kashyap‘s ‘Dev D'(2009). The film went on to be a success and was critically acclaimed too. But despite that Kalki wasn’t offered a role for two years. Fed up, the actress went on to write and act in her own plays. In 2011, she had four films lined up for release.
Kalki concluded saying struggles are part of life and can find one at any phase of their career. And the best way to deal with them is that one should simply sleep it off and begin again.
These words of wisdom are so insightful and Thank You Kalki for sharing your story with us.