Actor Kalki Koechlin is praised for her acting chops, unconventional choices and out of the box roles. Inspite of being a very popular figure and having superhit films like Yeh Jaawani Hia Deewani, Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara and shows like Made in Heaven to her credit the actress had to struggle a lot in the industry to stay afloat.
The mother-to be- recently spoke candidly about the struggles she faced for not looking the way Bollywood demands and her casting couch moments in Bollywood and Hollywood both.
In an interview to Pinkvilla, the actor said that she could not land a job for around nine months after appearing in the second lead after Deepika Padukone in Ayan Mukherjis’ rom-com Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, a blockbuster success. “I have literally had eight nine months of no work coming to me. That too after Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,” she said.
Kalki said that she received an indirect proposition from a film producer, who blacklisted her after she refused to go out with him. She said, “It was not sexual proposition directly but indirectly. A producer wanted to go out on a date with me. I said no and he never got back. The film didn’t happen.” The actor said that she has spoken about having suffered abuse in the past. “I have undergone sexual abuse and I opened up about it first to my therapist and to my then partner. Later, during a conference that Rahul Bose was organising, I discussed it.”
Such untowards incidents that she faced what not such limited to Bollywood by existed in Hollywood as well. continued, “When I went to Hollywood, there was this casting agent who wanted to look at the wrinkles on my face near my eyes.” It was after Dev D that someone referred to her as a ‘Russian prostitute’. She said, “It was after Dev D that I read someone had said, ‘Where did they get this Russian prostitute from?’ I was like, hey I’m not Russian.”
Kalki recently appeared in the second season of Netflix’s Sacred Games and in the original series Bhram, on Zee5. She is expecting her first child with partner Guy Hershberg, a classical pianist from Jerusalem, Israel.