Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin (; born 10 January 1984) is an Indian film and stage actress and screenwriter of French ethnicity, who predominantly works in Bollywood. One of the most popular Indian celebrities, she is the recipient of a National Film Award, a and two Screen Awards. Koechlin is best known for her character roles that defy the stereotypical portrayal of women in Indian cinema. Drawn to theatre at a young age, Koechlin studied drama and theatre at University of London, and worked simultaneously with a local theatre company. After returning to India, she made her screen debut in the romantic drama Dev.D in 2009, and her performance as Chandramukhi earned her the . She then starred in the comedy-dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013). These were top-grossing Bollywood productions, and both earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Filmfare Awards. She co-wrote the screenplay for the crime thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots, in which she also played the lead role. Koechlin won Best Actress at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the Screen Award for Best Actress (Jury), and the National Film Award – Special Jury Award, for her role as a young, disabled girl in Shonali Bose’s coming-of-age drama Margarita with a Straw . She has also garnered praise for her performances in the crime thriller Shaitan, the political drama Shanghai (2012), and the comedy-drama Waiting (2015). In addition to her film acting, Koechlin has written, produced, and acted in several stage plays in India. In 2009 she won The MetroPlus Playwright Award for the play Skeleton Woman, and co-wrote Colour Blind, which was presented at the Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Hall in Chennai in August 2014. Koechlin is also an activist and promotes various causes ranging from health and education to women’s empowerment and gender equality. She was married to filmmaker Anurag Kashyap from 2011 to 2015.

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