7 times we felt Kalki Koechlin is the most versatile actress in Bollywood today
Tara Deshpande, Waiting
'Waiting' featured Kalki along with Naseeruddin Shah. Tara (Kalki) and Shiv (Naseeruddin) have their respective spouses admitted in the same hospital, struggling to survive. They come across each other while waiting at the hospital lobby, and seek peace in each other. 'Waiting' paints how love can grow out of the need for an emotional shelter, of mutual dependence and of the most unexpected circumstances. Anu Menon bagged the award of 'Best Director' at the 'London Asian Film Festival' for this one.
Laila, Margarita with a Straw
Shonali Basu's 'Margarita With A Straw' is a heart-warming story of a girl with cerebral palsy and her emotional and physical desires. Laila (Kalki) here is an aspiring writer and is also into creating electronic sounds for the university band. Life changes as she falls in love with the band's lead singer. Differently and specially enabled children are often subjected to umpteen social judgments and difficulties. However, their needs are as usual as ours and the film carried out the desired message beautifully.
Aditi Mehra, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Ayan Mukerji's 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' is a popular youth-centric film. Kalki pulls off a light-hearted, fun character as well as she pulls an intense character, and that's where her credibility as an actress lies. Kalki's character is someone who suffers a failed relationship but later finds her soul mate. The film had an ensemble cast of Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kunal Kapoor. Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin, and Kalki sure managed to leave a mark even then.
Shalini Sahay, Shanghai
The 2012 political thriller featured Kalki as a fierce, socially aware Shalini Sahay, who runs local awareness campaigns to educate the residents about the local party's underside. She is the former student of a socialist academic. She arranged a protest as her professor is brutally injured by a few local evils, and later succumbs to the same. This results in a series of consequences. The film also had Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol and Prosenjit Chatterjee in pivotal roles was based out of the French novel 'Z' by Vassilis Vassilikos.
Ruth, That Girl in Yellow Boots
'That Girl in Yellow Boots' featured Kalki in one of the most powerful roles ever, as Ruth, a British woman who comes to Mumbai to find her father who she hardly ever met. Mumbai turns out to be a misery as she starts dating a drug-addict who later acts like a jerk. Adding to the agony, she finds out that her father has been a regular client of hers. The entire film was shot in just 13 days. Anurag Kashyap used locations like massage parlours, flats, rickshaws etc. to create the suffocating ambiance which set the film's mood. The film traveled to a number of film festivals overseas and was hugely appreciated.
Amrita Jayshankar, Shaitan
'Shaitan' had Kalki playing Amrita Jayshankar, a woman disturbed by her mother's psychological challenges and suicide attempts. Along with her gang, she plans a false case of kidnapping and plays the victim herself, in order to extract money from her father. 'Shaitan' had everything dark in it, starting from drugs to kidnapping to murder. But it was brilliantly crafted by Bejoy Nambiar. It was an early stage at Kalki's career and she received loud applause for playing a negative career so efficiently.
Chanda aka Leni, Dev D
'Dev D' has a modern-day approach to the cult Bengali novel 'Devdas', written by novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Leni (Kalki Koechlin), a woman of half-European descent, becomes a prostitute after she is involved in an MMS scandal with her boyfriend and is disowned by her family. One night, a half-drunken man enters her room and it is Dev (Abhay Deol), who has let his girlfriend Paro marry someone else. Kalki's character is inspired by Chandramukhi in the novel, a prostitute who falls in love with Devdas. Director Anurag Kashyap initially rejected Kalki as she did not have that quintessential Indian look about her. However, he had to change his mind after he watched her audition tapes. And let’s accept the fact, now we know that no one could have done it better than her. This was Kalki's debut Bollywood film and she nailed it!
9 single moms from Bollywood who are an inspiration to many
Kanika Kapoor married NRI businessman Raj Chandok when she was just 19. She shifted to London with her husband, with whom she had three children. The couple separated in 2012 and later Kanika moved back to her parents home in Lucknow.
Karisma Kapoor and her children
Karisma Kapoor wed businessman Sanjay Kapur in 2003. They filed for divorce in 2014, after eleven years of marriage. Karisma Kapoor is a doting mother to a daughter Samiera and a son Kiaan.
Neena Gupta and daughter
Neena Gupta had left many in a state of shock when she mothered a child out of wedlock way back in 1989 with West Indies cricket Player, Sir Viv Richards. She is a proud mother of the ace celebrity fashion designer, Masaba Gupta whom she has raised single-handedly.
Pooja Bedi and children
Veteran actor Kabir Bedi's daughter Pooja Bedi wed businessman Guetta Ebrahim Furniturewalla in 1990. They divorced in 2003 after thirteen years of marriage and Pooja became a single mom to daughter Aliyah and son Omar
Sushmita Sen with daughters
Sushmita Sen made history when she adopted a girl child at the age of 25 and named her Renee. The Miss World on 13 Jan 2010, adopted a three-month-old girl and named her Alisah. She is a true inspiration for all those who want to experience the joy of motherhood without a life partner.
Sussanne Khan with sons
Sussanne Khan had separated from her superstar husband Hrithik Roshan and is bringing up her sons Hrehaan and Hridaan single-handedly. Khan, who heads her own designing firm has solely handled her personal and professional with utmost ease.
Amrita Singh and children
Saif Ali Khan's ex-wife, Amrita Singh too is now a single mother to their kids Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Khan. The actress after her divorce with the Nawab had taken over the custody of her children and has raised them beautifully. Her daughter is all set to mark her debut in Bollywood with 'Kedarnath'.
Sarika and her daughters
Bollywood actress Sarika is a single mother of two daughters Akhara and Shruti Haasan. The actress was in a live-in relationship with South Superstar Kamal Haasan and later tied the knot with him. But things turned sour and the couple soon separated.
Malaika Arora was married to actor Arbaaz Khan and is a mother to a son Arhaan. The Diva ended her 18-year-long matrimonial bond, and is at present bringing up her son singlehandely. This yummy mummy is the best example of a strong woman who does not shirk from her duty and showers her love on her son.
These photos prove that Prem Chopra’s granddaughter Sanchi Bhalla is Bollywood ready
When she made an awkward moment also look pretty and hot!
When she went all goofy with grandpa Prem Chopra.
When she got all playful with a dog for this one!
When she flaunted her abs in a mirror selfie.
When she posed by the perfect view!
When she aced the curly hair look!
When she struck a sexy pose in black.
When she went partying with her girl gang!