Fem­i­nism is not iso­lat­ing women: Kalki

The ac­tor, who proudly refers to her­self as a fem­i­nist, feels that women have the ca­pa­bil­ity to over­take men in all spheres of life

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Ac­tor Kalki Koechlin (left) says it is a wrong per­cep­tion that fem­i­nism and em­pow­er­ment are iso­lat­ing women from the world.

The 33-year-old, who iden­ti­fies her­self as a fem­i­nist, says women can­not let fear dic­tate their de­ci­sions. “Women aren’t be­ing iso­lated be­cause of fem­i­nism. We are the car­ri­ers of the species. We have al­ready been iso­lated through­out his­tory. Be­ing in­side a home and iso­lated is just the same. We can’t be afraid of be­ing iso­lated any­more. That is part of the fight,” says Kalki.

The ac­tor says that if at all there is some­thing to be wor­ried about, it’s about what will hap­pen if women start tak­ing over. “If there is any fear, I think, it is about women over­tak­ing (men). I don’t think that’s right ei­ther. Again, the bal­ance will tip the other way. Men may think women are tak­ing over their jobs. But women can’t be side­lined for­ever.”

The ac­tor is glad that fem­i­nism is a trend­ing topic and says peo­ple dis­cussing it is tak­ing a step for­ward. “Fem­i­nism talks about an egal­i­tar­ian so­ci­ety — all hu­mans are equal, ir­re­spec­tive of their gen­der. That’s the only thing I want to put across. But we are still far from it,” Kalki says.

The ac­tor, who will next be seen in Konkona Sen­sharma’s di­rec­to­rial de­but, says that the ac­tor-turned film­maker is a ‘de­tailer’. “This is a good-look­ing film set in the ’70s, with the bell-bot­toms and side­burns. Konkona is very spe­cific about what she wants. This is be­cause she is an ac­tor first. We did a lot of work­shops. It cre­ated a com­fort­able dy­namic for the team on the sets. Most di­rec­tors don’t come on the cos­tume tri­als or make-up ses­sions. But she did,” says Kalki, who plays femme fa­tale, Mimi, in the film.

The ac­tor adds that she would love to work in a Bol­ly­wood pot­boiler but does not get many of­fers. “From a prac­ti­cal point of view, it would be wise of me to do more com­mer­cial cin­ema. But ul­ti­mately, the film has to be cre­ative and ex­cit­ing,” she adds.

If there is any fear, I think, it is about women over­tak­ing (men). I don’t think that’s right ei­ther KALKI KOECHLIN, AC­TOR


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