Cov­er­girl: Kalki Koech­lin

KALKI KOECH­LIN One of B-Town’s bright­est ac­tors gives us a peek at her al­ter­nate per­son­al­ity, and tells us why she’ll never have a ca­reer in stand-up com­edy.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By Me­her Ba­jwa; Pho­to­graphs by Vishesh Verma

The in­die film queen talks about her brand new love for fash­ion and, why she’s work­ing at a ca­reer shift.

So much has changed since the last time I sat down to chat with Kalki Koech­lin, back when she was a promis­ing new kid on the block. Fast track to a year and a half later, and she’s done 10 fan­tas­tic films, will be play­ing Tagore’s se­cret Ar­gen­tinian lover in a mas­sive theatre pro­duc­tion, is mak­ing some dar­ing fash­ion choices (we to­tally ap­prove, BTW), and is rock­ing a hot bod on our cover!

The 29-year-old ac­tor chose to tread a path less taken, so how has the jour­ney been so far? “I feel old!,” she laughs. “There are day-to-day changes. I’m learn­ing, real­is­ing, and mak­ing men­tal notes of where I need to grow, and how I need to push my­self. Also, I’ve be­come more con­scious of the stereo­typ­ing that hap­pened with my work.” Does this mean we’ll be see­ing her in more com­mer­cial roles, like her fun por­trayal of Ran­bir Kapoor’s BFF in Ye Jawaani Hai Dee­wani? “Yes! I’m con­sciously try­ing to break out of that mould all the time, but I’m also a vic­tim of what comes to me. I don’t get very many typ­i­cally com­mer­cial of­fers. I def­i­nitely want to play more cheer­ful char­ac­ters and see the happy side.” And has she ever played a char­ac­ter that res­onates with her off-screen? “Yes, in Je Jawaani I play a tomboy who is so sim­i­lar to me. It’s prob­a­bly the clos­est char­ac­ter to my life; not in the sense of what hap­pens in the story, but in how Aditi is. I’m a com­plete tomboy. Most of my friends are guys, and I’d rather drink beer than wine. They all know me as a big joker.”

I’m in­trigued: why has she been hid­ing this

de­light­fully fun side all along?! “The thing is, I love the job that I have, the act­ing part...and I hate the other part, which is the so­cial­is­ing and the celebrity. I guard my en­ergy very care­fully, which is why I’m very shy pub­licly. But with my close friends, I’m a clown!” Any chance of her con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in stand-up com­edy then, I ask quite se­ri­ously. “Oh, I’m not brave enough to try it (laughs)! I don’t think there’s a scarier job than go­ing up on stage and mak­ing a whole bunch of peo­ple laugh. Also, most of the time, peo­ple don’t get my sense of hu­mour. I’m very sar­cas­tic. Peo­ple think I’m be­ing se­ri­ous! I think that’s un­for­tu­nate...”

But it couldn’t be more un­for­tu­nate than the fact that Kalki never gets to spend time with hubby, Anurag Kashyap. “We don’t see each other much! So ev­ery two or three months, we take off some­where. Or we pre­tend we’re trav­el­ling, and ac­tu­ally just stay at home in Mum­bai. But it has to hap­pen ev­ery few months or we’d go crazy!” The con­stant trav­el­ling and be­ing away from each other must have taken its toll on their pic­ture-per­fect mar­riage... “My re­la­tion­ship with Anurag has evolved,” Kalki ex­plains. “We used to be re­ally im­pa­tient with each other. We used to fight a lot, and now I think we sort of un­der­stand each other’s pres­sures a lot more. Ear­lier, it was very one-sided—one of us would have a prob­lem with the other ’cause one was busy and the other wasn’t. Now we both un­der­stand that we have to be pa­tient and give each other time for the work we’re do­ing. We’ve be­come more tol­er­ant and have moulded into each other.” Clearly, Kalki has fig­ured stuff out in the re­la­tion­ship depart­ment, so what’s the best re­la­tion­ship ad­vice she’s got for Cosmo girls? “You just al­ways have to agree that he’s right! It works with Anurag. He’s so opin­ion­ated. It’s like he’s more of a woman than I am (laughs).”

Since we’re talk­ing about ‘girly’ stuff, I’ve got to ask her what caused the very no­tice­able shift in her per­sonal style. Pre­vi­ously a boho and quirky dresser, Kalki has been spot­ted in highly stylised

“I’m a com­plete tomboy. Most of my friends are guys, and I’d rather drink beer than wine. They all know me as a big joker.”

gowns and de­signer dresses off late. “Fash­ion has def­i­nitely taken a big­ger role in my life. De­sign­ers have taken a lik­ing to me and I’ve taken a big lik­ing to them. Also, I re­alised dress­ing up is a part of my job and you need to scrub up once in a while. I re­ally like Nimish Shah’s clothes; he does very ca­sual, day­time pieces, which are a change from the glamorous stuff that de­sign­ers in In­dia make. But my favourite de­signer ever is Sabyasachi. When­ever there is a red car­pet event, he’s my first choice.” And what has she been do­ing to main­tain that fab­u­lously toned body (just look at those abs on the cover!) “Hon­estly, I’m very lucky,” she says in earnest. “I mean, I swim al­most ev­ery day for an hour in the morn­ing, but that’s all I do. I don’t de­prive my­self of any­thing when it comes to food, so I don’t crave any­thing ei­ther.” And her top-se­cret beauty tip? “There’s this pure or­ganic co­conut oil that I use on my face and arms—it’s won­der­ful! Sure you will stink like crazy but it’s so worth it. It just makes your skin shine and gives you a healthy glow.”

Styling: Aradhana Baruah; Hair & Make-Up: Genevieve Reilly at Artist Fac­tory; Pro­duc­tion de­sign: Kavita Thakur and Biswajit Ray; LX 125 Scooter: Courtesy Vespa

Cot­ton blazer and pa­per bag shorts, both ASOS; denim shirt (worn in­side), Levi’s; stone crys­tal drop ear­rings, Cu­rio Cot­tage; patent-leather san­dals, Woods

Dou­ble-breasted blazer, Avi­raté; denim jump­suit, Elle; Len­non sun­glasses, Ray Ban

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