Love to work in Tamil with Vetri Maaran: Kalki
She describes herself as a quintessential Tamil ponnu, who loves her full meals, just as much as the next Tamilian. She is familiar with Chennai, her brother stays here, and she has been to the city multiple times, (but not as often as she would like) to visit him. But, Kalki Koechlin says she is still waiting for the right script to foray into Tamil industry. The National Award-winning actress will be performing in the city this week — a soliloquy, titled Soul of A Woman, a relatively new attempt in the theatre scene in Chennai. In a tete-a-tete with Chennai Times, Kalki reveals that she is not just about the serious stuff, but she loves to have fun, too, her love for all things Tamil, and more…
You are seen on the stage just as much as you are on screen. Which medium do you prefer?
I love both, so it is tough to choose one. They are two very different mediums. On stage, it is all about the butterflies in your stomach just before the curtains are pulled up. There are spontaneous changes you make in your performance. But film, is more of an internal process. You have time to get to know and grasp your character.
Do you think there is a lack of powerful roles written for women, be it on stage or on screen?
I would say there is an increasing consciousness among filmmakers today, though there is still a long way to go. What is interesting to see is that these roles are making their way into mainstream films rather than just in alternative, offbeat films.
You’re a very versatile actress… no two roles you’ve done are the same. Does it have something to do with the way you select your characters?
What I look for is the content in my role; whether my character makes a difference to the plot. I try and steer away from stereotypes. Even if it is a negative role, my character needs to be real. I love the entire process of it — preparing for the role, doing the research for the character, finding out the intricacies of my character. That is what keeps the creative juices flowing and that really is the best part for me.
Despite the fact that you were born and brought up in Pondicherry, and speak the language, we don’t get to see much of you in Kollywood. Why do you reckon that is?
Over the years, there have been very few offers. Maybe I don’t fit into the Tamil heroine look that most directors look for. It is not very easy to place me because of my physicality…I don’t know. But I would love to do a Tamil film, and I am simply waiting for that right role with the right director to come along.
Are you familiar with Tamil films? Do you watch them?
Oh yes, I do, whenever I get time. Every once in a while, there is a film that simply blows me away. I loved Kaaka Muttai, which is the last film I watched. I also heard that Vetri Maaran’s Visaaranai is very good. I am waiting to watch that.
A director from Kollywood you’d love to work with?
It has to be Vetri Maaran.
The Kalki we see on screen is this ‘serious’ character, your roles mostly reflect that. What is Kalki like in real life? How does she have fun?
Well, if that is how I come across, it is quite unintended. I am a very outdoorsy person, I love trekking, surfing, skating…I love going wherever I don’t get network on my phone. I love romantic comedies. I am the girl who you will find crying at the end of one such movie. It is a dream of mine to do a romcom.