One shouldn’t live life in the dark: Kalki

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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!”

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