Biography|August 12, 2012 9:47 am

Kalki Koechlin Biography

Kalki Koechlin was born on 9 January 1983 and is an Indian film actress of French descent who debuted in Anurag Kashyap’s critically acclaimed Hindi film Dev.D. She also works as a screenwriter. She played the character of Chandramukhi in Dev.D, which is a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Bengali novella Devdas and eventually won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for it (2009). Kalki next featured in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara which was commercially and critically successful, she was nominated in the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress category (2011).

Her father Joel Koechlin came to India from France, 38 years ago and met her mother Francoise Armandie at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville near Pondicherry. Her parents are devotees of Sri Aurobindo. Eventually they settled in Kallatty, a village near Ooty, where he established a business designing hang-gliders and microlight aircraft, and Kalki was born here. Her ancestor Maurice Koechlin, was a French structural engineer, designed the Eiffel Tower.

Koechlin studied at Hebron School, Ooty and her parents then insisted she attend university. Koechlin studied drama and theatre in Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also worked with a theatre company called Theatre of Relativity for two years. She performed in various plays like David Hare’s The Blue Room, Marivaux’s The Dispute and a devised play The Rise of the Wild Hunt in her two year stint with the theatre group.

Koechlin later decided to move to Mumbai to try her luck in Hindi cinema. She was doing modeling assignments for television commercials after being shortlisted for the role of Chandramukhi (Chanda) in Dev.D. She was one of the people to be auditioned for the role of the prostitute.[10] Koechlin can speak Tamil, English and French while she had to learn Hindi to prepare for her role in Dev.D. About her role Koechlin said

My character is much younger and there’s much more to it than just being a prostitute. When she is not entertaining customers, she dresses up like any other girl in jeans and stuff and leads a normal life. My role in the film has a controversial streak to it, but I still don’t know what would have been an ideal role to debut with. I’ve got the chance to work with a good director in Dev D and I feel I’m lucky enough.

Koechlin was apprehensive about how people will judge her after seeing her in the role. She co-founded Quaff Theatre, a theatre group in 2008

She married filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on April 30, 2011 in a private wedding ceremony in Ooty.The two had been dating each other since the release of Dev.D. Following Dev.D., the two associated in That Girl in Yellow Boots again, with Kalki working as a co-writer as well.

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