One shouldn’t live life in the dark: Kalki
Actor Kalki Koechlin (right), who’s known for her eclectic choice of roles is back with a new offering, this time in her theatrical debut with ‘death’ as the topic.
Kalki, who was in the city recently to stage her play, The Living Room, as part of a theatre festival, says, “We’re always in denial, but ‘death’ is a truth. When I lost my grandparents, it was tough for me to believe that I’ll never see them again.” The 31-year-old adds, “Not long ago, I had a sick parent who faced a neardeath experience. For the first time in my life I didn’t know what to do.”
Is this what inspired her to pen her debut play? Koechlin says, “When I started writing, there were things I used to jot down. It was from these notes that I found a scene I had once written – about an old woman and her inability to accept death during an encounter. That’s what led me to write this play.”
As an individual, however, she believes that “life should not be lived in the dark and should not be taken negatively. Death is not the end… there is after-life!”
As far as mainstream projects go, Kalki is stoked to work again with actor Naseeruddin Shah in her next, directed by Anu Menon. “He’s amazing. He never takes the same shot twice. This keeps his co-actors on their toes. But he gives them a lot too, through his passion for acting,” she says.
Ask Koechlin if she would like to direct Shah on stage and pat comes the reply: “I hope he directs me on the stage!”