WE ARE OB­SESSED WITH THE SELFIE CUL­TURE: KALKI

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The next time you spot ac­tor Kalki Koech­lin (above), don’t ask her for a selfie. The ac­tor says that she is fed up of fans com­ing up to her with the phone cam­eras in selfie mode. She adds that she would rather pre­fer talk­ing to them. “This trend of tak­ing self­ies is re­ally ex­treme. I wish peo­ple were more keen to talk to you in­stead of tak­ing a selfie with you. We are ob­sessed with this selfie cul­ture. I wish peo­ple would have a chat with me. That would be so much bet­ter,” says Kalki, who was last seen in ac­tor Konkona Sen Sharma’s di­rec­to­rial de­but A Death in the Gunj.

Fans are a big part of ac­tors’ lives and they of­ten look up to their favourite stars. How­ever, when it comes to so­cially rel­e­vant top­ics, Kalki feels it’s un­fair to ex­pect only the film in­dus­try to bring about a change. She ex­plains the same with an ex­am­ple: “For in­stance, the fair­ness cream de­bate... it’s one thing for ac­tors to speak up. We need ad­ver­tis­ers, mag­a­zines, TV chan­nels, even our news­pa­pers to speak up. Ev­ery­one is guilty of en­dors­ing fair­ness creams as much as ac­tors. It’s easy for peo­ple to wait for ac­tors to make the change. It has to be a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion, which needs to come from ev­ery­one. Fair­ness creams are an ex­treme ex­am­ple.

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