Kalki Koechlin open to direction

Actor shares interest in helming projects with good storylines

News Desk March 15, 2016
Koechlin is looking forward to the release of her forthcoming films, Waiting and Mantra. PHOTO: FILE

Known to captivate the audience with her compelling performances in both films and on stage, Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin revealed she’s open to directing in the future, if she comes across a script with an interesting storyline. “For me, expressing my thoughts is writing or talking about something which deeply affects me,” the 32-year-old said in an interview, reported Indian Express. “If something along these lines does come to my mind then why not.”

The Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara star feels she has been fortunate enough to have worked on strong roles in Bollywood but there is still adequate room for improvement in the industry when it comes to themes and scripts. “The scripts and stories need to be stronger and that will happen if the writers are also given the liberty to express their creativity and are paid better,” Koechlin explained. “Having said that, I must say I have been lucky to have a free-willing career and enjoy meaty roles.”

On the recent controversies about the censor board’s role in passing feature films for screening and imposing certain prohibitions, Koechlin said, “We need a strong board with a rating system that is implemented better. The adults are then free to make a choice of whether they want to watch the film or not.”

Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin spotted in Pakistan

After moving the audience as a cerebral palsy patient in the 2015 coming-of-age film Margarita With a Straw, the actor is now looking forward to the release of her forthcoming films Waiting and Mantra. Recently, she featured in three videos, discussing issues such as freedom of speech, thinking, privacy, prohibited love and surrogacy. “As an artist, I am always striving to do something different,” she said. “The issues taken up in these videos have never been spoken about so freely. I wanted to work with the team to start conversations around freedom of speech.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2016.

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