Kalki Koechlin, in this interview to DTNext, talks about her latest web series Smoke and why she has never been part of South Indian films
Kalki Koechlin is one of the most complete actors that the country has ever seen. She hasn’t shied away from experimenting and the reason behind it, she says, is that she tries to stay relevant. “When I look at scripts, the first thing I ask myself is, how is this relevant to the situation and will this tell people a story that hasn’t been told before,” she says. That way, she says her web series Smoke, that was recently premiered at MIPCOM, and at Cannes under the Made in India Originals category, had an indescribable side to it.
“The story is set in Goa. Every one of us thinks that Goa is all about partying and holidaying. However, Smoke will show the darker side of the town, the drug mafias and how politicians try to take advantage of it. No movie or web series has shown this before. Moreover, I play a challenging character of a Portuguese woman, for which I had to get the accent right. The story is about how she gets into a situation and it has been portrayed beautifully.” Despite winning numerous awards and honours, Kalki says that she has learned to move on.
“Even after you win an award, the struggles doesn’t end,” she says with a laugh. “But it is good that the performance gets recognised. Though it comes to me as a surprise whenever I get nominated for an award, I don’t see that as an icing on the cake,” she adds.
Born and raised in Puducherry, Kalki has never been part of a south Indian film till date. We ask if that was a conscious decision and she says, “I hope a director like Vetrimaaran reads this interview and casts me in his project soon. I don’t think many filmmakers down south know my background. However, just that you have asked me, I am telling you that I am a part of a Tamil-Hindi bilingual titled Haati Meri Saathi, in which Rana plays the hero and is being directed by Tamil director Prabhu Solomon,” she concludes.