She may have found success in both offbeat and mainstream films but actress Kalki Koechlin says doing commercial cinema does not fall in her comfort zone.
Kalki entered films with husband Anurag Kashyap's
critically acclaimed film Dev D, where she played a young
girl who ends up becoming a prostitute.
She has worked in offbeat films like Shaitan, That
Girl In Yellow Boots and others and has also been a part of
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara with Zoya Akhtar.
She will be seen in upcoming commercial film Yeh
Jawani Hai Deewani starring Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone.
As Kalki has not been a part of many commercial films,
she finds it difficult to act in such movies.
"It is definitely not easy and relaxing for me. It is
infact more difficult. It is out of my comfort zone. To make
my character in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, who was annoying
and crazy, was difficult. She is like a nightmare but you have
to make that character look human, make people laugh, find a
way to make her more lovable. That is more challenging," Kalki
In Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, she played a nagging
girlfriend to Abhay Deol and in Karan Johar's upcoming home
production film Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, she is an outgoing
tomboy kind of a girl.
"In Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani I am playing a funny and
bindaas tomboy girl, she is friends with Ranbir Kapoor and
Aditya Roy Kapur. Though it was fun to do it in a way, it was
difficult as well. I am not someone who can talk loudly, yell
and abuse. To get into that is challenging," she said.
Kalki has successfully managed to strike a balance
between niche and commercial films and will continue to act in
both the kind of movies.
"The good point of doing both kinds of films is that I
am happy as an actor, I am never bored. I feel I am constantly
learning something new," she said.
"The bad part is I don't have a specific image,
everybody is confused what I do. One day I play happy
character, other time I play crazy, psycho thing. It is
difficult for the audience what to expect from my film. In
that sense...it has its flaws. I love to surprise my audience,
let that be my USP," she added.
Kalki will be seen next in Vishal Bharadwaj and Ekta
Kapoor's home production Ek Thi Daayan. The supernatural
horror film, also starring Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi and
Konkana Sen Sharma, will release this Friday.