National Award winning actress Kalki Koechlin is known for her versatile taste, but it looks like Bollywood has been typecasting her off lately.
When asked by IANS on how she deals with the “tag”, she stated,
I have been typecast every time. While after ‘Dev D’, I got offers for many roles of a prostitute, people offered me roles of a spoilt brat and a physically disabled (character) after the release of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and ‘Margarita with a Straw’.
Therefore, I think you are only as old as your last film. However, it is my job to break that stereotype and choose the right script to change your image.
Kalki spilled some beans on her upcoming movie, Mantra, directed by Nicholas Kharkongor and featuring Rajat Kapoor, Shiv Pandit and Lushin Dubey. She added,
I think all the characters in the film, including mine, go through quite a tumultuous journey where none of them talks about their problems with each other. Nevertheless, after a certain point of time, there is an emotional outburst. So, the story of this family is quite close to reality.
She commented on how cinema is now shifting towards women-centric movies.
In the last few years, the awareness, dialogue and talks have begun on gender equality, which is very encouraging. In films like ‘Queen’ and ‘Piku’, women are leading the film. Having said that, these films come few and far between.
We must not forget that it will take a few generations to bring the complete change. The first generation will become aware, second generation puts it into practice and perhaps from third generation it will continue.