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Kalki Koechlin and Neena Gupta To Star In Goldfish, an International Film

Kalki Koechlin (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Margarita With a Straw) and Neena Gupta (Badhaai Ho) will team up for Goldfish, their first international collaboration.


Directed by Pushan Kripalani, Goldfish is a British-American project, produced by Splendid Films USA. Koechlin and Gupta shared the news on Instagram and announced that shooting for Goldfish would start soon. Both actors also said that it is their first international collaboration.

Gupta has earlier worked with Pushan Kripalani on The Threshold, which released in 2015. Kripalani is the writer, director and cinematographer for Goldfish. The film’s executive producer is Pooja Chauhan.

According to a report in Mid-Day, the film will see Gupta playing Koechlin’s mom. The report states that the story is a mother-daughter drama where Koechlin’s character will be seen returning home to her mother, who is showing early signs of dementia. The plot reportedly revolves around the subject of mental health.

“Neenaji is an amazing actor. I have worked closely with Arghya [Lahiri], who has co-written the script, during my theatre days. So it’ll be a happy union of people from different walks of life,” Koechlin told Mid-Day. The film will reportedly be shot in the UK.

“Pushan [Kripalani] gives complete creative freedom to his actors,” Gupta told the daily.


In 2017, Gupta had made headlines when she took to Instagram and asked for work. She later revealed that she had received five offers after that post. Since then she has acted in films like Badhaai Ho, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, and Panga. Her next release will be The Last Color which is scheduled to release in India on December 11.

Goldfish, however, is not Gupta’s first international venture. The actor has previously made appearances in several international films such as Gandhi (1982), The Deceivers (1988), Mirza Ghalib (1989) In Custody (1993), and Cotton Mary (1999).

Kalki Koechlin has starred in two of the highest grossing films of their respective release years, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013). In addition to numerous awards for her commercial as well as independent cinema work, she has been vocal on a number of philanthropic issues, including that of mental health.