Actress Kalki Koechlin’s been rather busy with her films these past few months. So much so, that the actor barely got a day or two to even attend the Cannes film festival, where hubby filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur was being presented. “I really wish I could have had a few days more in hand to attend Cannes, but even that one-and-a-half day was a last minute decision, so I’m just happy that I could make it,” says Kalki, who had been busy shooting for Ayan Mukherjee’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani in Udaipur.
“I was actually not planning to go at all, but then at the last minute the shoot got cancelled because a location fell through and I just jumped at the idea of going to Cannes,” she adds.
Talking about her experience there, Kalki says that it’s a great conflux of talent. “One day was a real short time to really let it all sink in. There were so many films I had wanted to see,” she rues. And among the filmmakers she was really looking forward to meeting was the controversial Dutch filmmaker Lars Von Tiers. “I think he’s a really powerful filmmaker and I quite like the films he’s done,” she says.
But would she be game to play a bold character like his films usually portray? “Well that would depend. May be I won’t do an Anti-Christ, but then he has done several other films too that are just as good, but little less graphic,” she shares.
As for not doing Anurag’s upcoming film, Kalki says that it’s because there was no role where she could fit. “Anurag and I are not a package deal.” But what about a cameo in an item song? “Maybe the next time,” she smiles.
The actor, whose recent release Shanghai has already been getting much acclaim, feels that it’s a great time for any actor and filmmaker here. “I think Indian cinema is going through a great phase. The lines between art house cinema and the mainstream commercial fare are blurring and that’s the kind of cinema I want to dabble in without being slotted as an arty actor or a commercial one. I think this year’s been the year of small films and real stories and I am proud to be part of films like Shanghai,” adds the actress.
But juggling films apart, the actor has also been dodging constant rumours of her being pregnant every few months. “Well, for me the only pregnancy I go through is my film. Each of my films is like my baby,” she laughs. But on a serious note the actor brushes aside all such gossip. “Anurag and I have no plans of starting a family any time soon, so obviously I don’t know where these rumours keep cropping up from,” smiles Kalki.