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Kalki Koechlin is a Actor and Story French born on 9 january 1983 at Pondicherry (Inde)

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin
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Birth name Kalki Koechlin
Nationality France
Birth 9 january 1983 (36 years) at Pondicherry (Inde)
Awards Filmfare Awards

Kalki Koechlin (French: Listen/ˌkəlkiˈkeɪklɑː/) (born 10 January 1984) is an Indian film actress of French descent who is known for her work in Hindi films.

Koechlin made her screen debut with a supporting role in the 2009 critically acclaimed Dev.D, which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She subsequently featured in the commercially successful comedy-dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films, both of the movies earned her nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also worked as a co-screenwriter with her then husband Anurag Kashyap for That Girl in Yellow Boots and also starred in the movie.

Koechlin won The Best Actress Award At The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival for her role in Margarita, with a Straw (2014) which was the only Indian film to be screened at the festival, and was also the runner up at Seattle International Film Festival for Best Actress. Other notable works include thriller film Shaitan (2011), My Friend Pinto (2011), the critically successful political thriller Shanghai (2012) and the romantic comedy Happy Ending (2014).

Apart from her acting career Kalki has written, produced and acted in many stage plays in India. Her most recent play Colour Blind (2014) a take on the life and times of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore which she co-wrote, screened at the Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Hall in August 2014. She has written a number of other theater plays and has won accolades for her work including the The MetroPlus Playwright Award for the play Skeleton Woman (2009).


Koechlin was unemployed for a year and a half after Dev.D. Koechlin was cast in her husband's next films That Girl in Yellow Boots, both produced and directed by Kashyap and Shaitan which was produced by Kashyap but directed by Bejoy Nambiar. On 13 November 2013 both Koechlin and Kashyap issued a joint statement saying they were separating. In Oct 2014 couple had filed for divorce. On 19 May 2015 morning Anurag Kashyap and actress Kalki Koechlin arrived at the Mumbai family court together and later on, in an interview to Times of India, Kalki confirmed the news of the couple having filed for divorce. She said: "Right now, I am in a good space. Last year was a little bit more of a struggle, as I didn’t know where I was going. I wasn’t sure where my relationship with Anurag was going. All of it was unclear. Now, we are pretty clear that we are not going to be together. We have already applied for divorce and will get it soon."

Anurag and Kalki have shared a healthy relationship post separation, and were often heard talking about their friendship. Anurag, who appeared on Koffee with Karan in the year 2014 was all praise for Kalki. After watching the show Kalki said, "He (Anurag) was saying what he really felt. I found it very touching. Of course, I was moved by what he said. We have a relationship where we can talk to each other."

On being asked 'What makes a woman beautiful?' Koechlin says, " Confidence is what makes a woman beautiful. But, everyone has doubts, we're all human. Even as an actor, you have days when you haven't slept enough, you don't feel like you're good enough or pretty enough and there's that one spot right in the middle of your nose, when you're supposed to do a very important close-up scene. But ultimately, it's all about attitude. You must live with a little abandon and not be self-conscious.

Usually with

Abhay Deol
Abhay Deol
(4 films)
(1 films)
Amit Trivedi
Amit Trivedi
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Kalki Koechlin (16 films)

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Un plus une, 1h53
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Jean Dujardin, Elsa Zylberstein, Christopher Lambert, Alice Pol, Venantino Venantini, Hélène Médigue
Roles Kalki
Rating61% 3.0902453.0902453.0902453.0902453.090245
Antoine Abeilard est compositeur de musiques de films. Tout réussit à cet homme plein d'humour et de légèreté. Sa vie va cependant être chamboulée lorsqu'il part en Inde travailler sur une version très originale de Roméo et Juliette de William Shakespeare. Il y fait la rencontre d'Anna Hamon, épouse de l'ambassadeur de France. Bien que très différents, une attirance réciproque va, de confidences en confidences, très vite les rapprocher...
Margarita with a Straw
Directed by Shonali Bose
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Films about disabilities, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Kalki Koechlin, Revathi, Sayani Gupta, William Moseley, Jacob Berger
Roles Laila
Rating72% 3.6458453.6458453.6458453.6458453.645845
Laila (Kalki Koechelin) is a wheelchair bound teenager with cerebral palsy. She is a student at Delhi University and an aspiring writer who writes lyrics and creates electronic sounds for an indie band at the university. Laila falls for the lead singer of the college band and is heartbroken when she is rejected. But she soon overcomes this phase, when she gets a scholarship for a semester at New York University and moves there with her mother (Revathy). Living in Manhattan, she meets an attractive young man named Jared (William Moseley) in her creative writing class, who is assigned to help her in typing. She also meets the fiery young activist Khanum (Sayani Gupta), a blind girl of a Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent, whom she later falls in love with. As she embarks on a journey of sexual discovery, she figures out she is bisexual, as she still feels attracted to men like Jared in spite of being with Khanum. Laila's mother believing the two are like best friends and oblivious to the fact that Khanum is her daughter's lover, invites her to Delhi to spend the winter break with the family. It is during that time that Laila finally finds the courage to tell her mother about her sexuality and her actual relationship with Khanum, which her mother initially disapproves. After a short while Laila's mother falls sick and she learns that her mother had fourth stage colon cancer which has fallen into relapse after previous treatments. Later Laila and her mother patch up and come to terms with each other. After her mother dies Laila plays a recorded speech at her mother's funeral telling how much she loved her and how she was the only one who ever understood her. The story ends with Laila going on a date, with herself, signifying that she now has taken control of her life and doesn't need anyone else to love and care for her.
Happy Ending, 2h16
Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about writers
Actors Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D'Cruz, Kalki Koechlin, Govinda, Ranvir Shorey, Preity Zinta
Roles Vishakha
Rating54% 2.701842.701842.701842.701842.70184
Writer Yudi (Saif Ali Khan) wrote a hit book five and a half years ago but he is still living life king-size in Los Angeles, enjoying fame and affairs, avoiding commitment, doing no work, partying with his miserably married friend Montu (Ranvir Shorey) or having conversations with his fat, bearded inner voice Yogi (also Saif). Suddenly, Yudi's money runs out and his publishers dump him for hit romance novelist Aanchal (Ileana D'Cruz), visiting from Mumbai.
Ek Thi Daayan
Directed by Kannan Iyer
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Romance
Actors Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi, Huma Qureshi, Pavan Malhotra
Roles Lisa Dutt
Rating57% 2.8509752.8509752.8509752.8509752.850975
Bobo (Emraan Hashmi) is India's top magician, a star. But unknown to even his beautiful girlfriend Tamara (Huma Qureshi), his life is falling apart. Hallucinations about his dead little sister Misha are casting a dark shadow on his life, threatening his very sanity. He is shown to be frequently drawn to his old vacant family apartment, where in the latest visit, he opens the lid of a treasure chest in one of the rooms, only to see a vision of his little sister Misha dead inside with a lizard crawling over the body. Tamara tracks him down to the apartment at the same time, taking him back to the room and opening the chest, only to find Misha's old doll inside. This latest hallucination proves to be too much, and Bobo is left with no option but to seek psychiatric help in the form of the rather odd Dr. Palit, who puts him under regression hypnosis to go back to the distant past, when Bobo was 11 and Misha 6.
This Youth Is Crazy, 2h41
Directed by Ayan Mukerji
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Evelyn Sharma
Roles Aditi
Rating71% 3.5501153.5501153.5501153.5501153.550115
Naina (Deepika Padukone) is a shy and nerdy medical student. She studies constantly and always tops her classes, but she feels like an outcast. An encounter with an old classmate, Aditi (Kalki Koechlin), makes her realize that she wants more from life than high marks. Thus, she makes an impulsive decision to follow Aditi on a commercial hiking trip into the Himalayas, up to Manali. During the hike, she renews her friendship with other former classmates, Kabir Thapar aka "Bunny" (Ranbir Kapoor) and Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur). Bunny is a handsome charmer whose dream is to wander and discover the world. He does not plan to marry or settle down. During their trip, seeing Aditi's silent reactions to Avi's constant flirting with other girls, Bunny and Naina realize that she has a secret crush on Avi, but do not bring the matter to surface.
Shanghai (2012)
, 2h
Directed by Dibakar Banerjee
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Political films
Actors Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Supriya Pathak, Pitobash Tripathy
Roles Shalini Sahay
Rating71% 3.5989953.5989953.5989953.5989953.598995
The film is set in the fictional city of Bharat Nagar, which is hailed as an example of progress through infrastructure. State government is planning to build an International Business Park (IBP), making the city a Shanghai.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, 2h33
Directed by Zoya Akhtar
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Musical films, Road movies, Bollywood, Buddy films
Actors Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah
Roles Natasha Arora
Rating80% 4.049124.049124.049124.049124.04912
At the beginning of the film, Kabir (Abhay Deol) proposes to Natasha (Kalki Koechlin). Their families meet at the engagement party where Natasha learns that Kabir is planning a three-week bachelor road trip to Spain with his school friends Imraan (Farhan Akhtar) and Arjun (Hrithik Roshan). Kabir explains that the three have a long-standing pact, and that during the road trip, each of them will have to pick an adventure sport, which all three will try together. Initially, Arjun is reluctant to take trip as he does not want lose his pay for missing work. It is later revealed that Arjun's ex-girlfriend left him due to his workaholism & obsesion with money. Imraan has an additional personal agenda on the trip: to find his biological father Salman Habib (Naseeruddin Shah), an artist in Spain.
Trishna (2011)
, 1h57
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Anurag Kashyap, Roshan Seth, Amit Trivedi, Kalki Koechlin
Roles Herself
Rating60% 3.0003553.0003553.0003553.0003553.000355
Based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Trishna tells the story of a woman whose life is destroyed by the restrictions of social status, complications of love and life, and her development as an individual. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy British businessman, Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed), who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. He sees her dancing at a hotel, and is attracted to her beauty and innocence.
Shaitan (2011)

Directed by Bejoy Nambiar
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Rajit Kapur, Rajeev Khandelwal, Kalki Koechlin, Pavan Malhotra, Shiv Pandit, Neil Bhoopalam
Roles Amrita "Amy" Jayshankar
Rating72% 3.6477453.6477453.6477453.6477453.647745
Shaitan starts off with Amy (Kalki Koechlin), who is mentally disturbed and deeply affected by the attempted suicide and eventual institutionalisation of her mother. She moves from Los Angeles to Mumbai, where she meets KC (Gulshan Devaiya) at a party her parents forcefully take her to. KC introduces her to his gang – Dash (Shiv Pandit), Zubin (Neil Bhoopalam) and Tanya (Kirti Kulhari). They lead a directionless life, having fun, drinking, using drugs and driving around in a Hummer. On one such occasion, they start racing a random car and win. In the celebration rush, they run over two people riding on a scooter, killing them instantly.
My Friend Pinto
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Prateik Babbar, Kalki Koechlin, Arjun Mathur, Shruti Seth, Makarand Deshpande, Rajendranath Zutshi
Roles Maggie
Rating53% 2.66552.66552.66552.66552.6655
Twenty-something Michael Pinto (Prateik) has grown up in a small Goan village, believing everyone in the world to be simple, kind and honest, just like him. His world revolves around a doting mother, a passion for music and the memories of a childhood friend, Sameer, who left Goa for Mumbai many years ago and hasn't replied to his frequent letters ever since. Pinto's talent for music is only matched by his knack for finding trouble in the unlikeliest of places often resulting in the most outlandish and hilarious situations.
That Girl in Yellow Boots, 1h39
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality
Actors Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah, Ronit Roy, Rajat Kapoor, Makarand Deshpande, Gulshan Devaiah
Roles Ruth Edscer
Rating66% 3.346863.346863.346863.346863.34686
That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller tracing Ruth (Kalki Koechlin), a British woman who comes to Mumbai to search for her father – a man she hardly knew but cannot forget. Without a work permit, desperation drives her to work at a massage parlour. Torn between several schisms, Mumbai becomes the alien but yet strangely familiar backdrop for Ruth's quest. She struggles to find her independence and space even as she is sucked deeper into the labyrinthine politics of the city's underbelly. She starts dating a drug addict Prashant (Prashant Prakash). A city that feeds on her misery, a love that eludes her and above all, a devastating truth that she must encounter. And everyone wants a piece of her. After numerous encounters with people, almost all of whom are depicted as needing to be serviced by her, she discovers that her father is one amongst her regular clients, who knew all along that she was his daughter. In what is possibly seen as a commentary on the cult of godmen in India, her father is shown as one such member of a religious cult, and views having sex with his daughter as an expression of his love. The film ends with Ruth hanging up her yellow boots, her quest having come to a shocking end.
Dev.D (2009)
, 2h24
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution
Actors Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Sunil Grover, Gurkirtan Chauhan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Roles Leni
Rating79% 3.99873.99873.99873.99873.9987
Paro Dev (Abhay Deol), the son of a rich businessman, is an insecure narcissist. He and Paro (Mahi Gill) are childhood sweethearts. Instead of acknowledging her affection and care, Dev nudges Paro over frivolous things. He is sent to London for higher studies when his father senses how spoilt his son is. While separated by distance, Paro and Dev's youthful love only blossoms more. After finishing his studies, Dev returns to Chandigarh and meets Paro. Their endeavor to make love makes for some dark comic moments. When Dev hears rumours about Paro, he immediately believes them and ditches her. The seeds of suspicion are sown here, which the couple are never able to weed out. What makes them fall apart is mutual suspicion and an essentially male vision of how a woman should conduct herself sexually. Paro turns her back on him when she hears him insult her and agrees to marry a man of her parents' choice. On her wedding day, Dev learns that the rumors were false but his ego doesn't let him accept his mistake, and he lets Paro marry someone else.
A Slumdog Millionaire Goes Dancing
Directed by Shiamak Davar
Actors Shahid Kapoor, Ruslaan Sajid Mumtaz, Kalki Koechlin

Reportedly, the film is about slum kids who are trained for a dance competition.