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Kalki Koechlin: “The Criticism You Get Is Directly Proportional To How Successful You Are”

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Kalki Koechlin says that women face more criticism the more successful they are. 


Kalki spoke to IANS on the success of Death In The Gunj, and the criticism that actors like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have faced, and criticism that has come her way too. 

She said, “The amount of criticism you get is directly proportional to how successful you are, especially as a woman.” 

“Internet criticism… I don’t handle. I ignore it. I don’t read it. I don’t respond. If I am getting very highly criticised I go off social media for a while. What’s important for me is criticism from family and friends… they know that I have certain weaknesses or they recognise… that’s a very Kalki thing to do. They know you,” she added. 

Talking about Deepika and Priyanka, who have been successful in India, and are breaking into the international scene, Kalki said, “I think they should be very proud of themselves. They are doing incredible work. I have seen Deepika grow so much since she first came in the industry. Priyanka is killing it all over the world. They are confident enough to handle it sensibly.”

After Death In The Gunj, Kalki wants to do a biopic on Sister Nivedita, and possibly an action hero. “There are many, many roles that I would love to do. I love reading her (Sister Nivedita) and my mom has a lot of her books so I grew up reading her. I would love to do a historical film on that and I would love to do a biopic. I would also love to do an action hero kind of film. I just saw Wonder Woman… why don’t we have chicks who can do that here?”


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As both a film and theatre actor, Kalki commented on the difference between the two, and said, “We don’t experiment much because there is very little support and very little funding. Because we don’t have the infrastructure, we can’t have larger than life plays like those by Cirque Du Soleil. Our theatres can’t hold that kind of production, so then you experiment with the language, with the body. I feel there are lots of things I would still love to experiment with.”

Pic: Indian Express