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!
When Saif Ali Khan revealed the bitter truth about his divorce with Amrita Singh
Going separate ways
"My wife and I have gone our separate ways. I respect my wife's space. But why am I being constantly reminded of how terrible a husband I was, and how awful a father I am."
When Saif cried for his children
"I've my son Ibrahim's photograph in my wallet. Each time I look at it, I feel like crying. I miss my daughter Sarah all the time. I'm not allowed to meet my children. They aren't allowed to come to visit me, let alone stay with me. Right now my kids are growing up with Amrita's relatives and maidservants while she's out working in a TV serial. Why does she need to do that, when I'm more than willing to support my family?"
When Saif gave alimony to Amrita
"I'm supposed to give Amrita Rs 5 crore, of which I've already given her approximately Rs 2.5 crore. Also, I'm paying Rs 1 lakh per month until my son becomes 18."
When Saif slogged to pay her money
"I'm not Shah Rukh Khan. I don't have that kind of money. I've promised her I'll pay up the rest of the money, and I will, even if I've to slog till I drop dead. Whatever I've earned from doing ads, stage shows and films is being given for my children."
When Saif felt worthless
"I've no money. Our bungalow is for Amrita and the kids, and never mind the relatives who've joined her after my departure. Rosa and I stay in a pokey two-room apartment. Still, I've never been more at peace with myself. After a long long time I feel my self-worth has returned. It isn't nice to be constantly reminded of how worthless you are. And to have taunts, jeers, insults and abuses thrown at your mother and sister all the time. I've gone through all of it. Now I feel healed again."
When Rosa Catalano made Saif happy
"Today, if I've found someone who actually makes me feel I'm worth something, what's wrong with it? Earlier, I had hit such a rock bottom with my self-esteem that I'd be shocked if someone complimented me for my looks! Today if someone says something nice, I say, ‘That's fine. Stars are supposed to be complimented'. Unlike Amrita, Rosa is not from the film industry. Sure, I liked being put in touch with the industry's bigwigs by Amrita, having dinner with Karan Johar, etc. But in hindsight I'd have been better off finding my way through the industry."
When Saif went on a clarification spree
"There's a theory that I became whatever I am because Amrita took me by my finger and led me through it all. She has played a big hand in my growth as an actor and human being."
When Saif wanted a non-actress as a lover
"It's a blessing to be with a woman who has nothing to do with movies. Even Shah Rukh's wife Gauri keeps out of his career. I'd like to keep it that way."
When Saif terribly wanted his kids
"I really want my kids. But I don't want to put up a constant fight over them. If they are to be taken away from me then let Amrita call them Sarah Singh and Ibrahim Singh."
When Saif had the courage to walk away
"Please don't kill me with a feeling of constant guilt just because I've had the courage to finally walk away from an impossible relationship to find some solace."
When B-Town celebs indulged in PDA and created headlines
Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan
Some years back when Hrithik and Sussanne were happily married, a picture of them sharing a lip-lock had gone viral. The picture was clicked at at ice cream joint in USA. Too cute it is!
Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput
Shahid is happily married to Mira and we see them indulge in PDA quite often. Damn cute!
Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia
Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza are one of the most adorable couples of Bollywood. This picture was shared by Genelia and it's so damn cute!
Preity Zinta and Yuvraj Singh
While Preity Zinta and cricketer Yuvraj Singh may be happily married to different individuals now, but once they were rumoured to be dating. This picture was during IPL when a happy Preity hugged the captain of her IPL-owned team.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri's love has stood the test of time. This picture of them sharing a candid moment is oh-so-cute!
Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor
Shahid and Kareena's love story went kaput. Kareena married Saif Ali Khan while Shahid settled for an arranged marriage setup. This picture was during their happy times as a couple.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif parted ways long back but they continue to remain friends. This picture was way back when they were a couple.
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan are happily married with a cute baby boy now. They have also been spotted indulging in PDA moments quite often.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone may not confirm to their relationship status, but their moments of PDA can't be ignored.
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai are an adorable couple and their cute little moments of PDA prove this right.
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao had shared a cute lip-lock when they had appeared on Karan Johar's 'Koffee With Karan'.