Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin


Life Story

Kalki Koechlin was born to French parents in a small village in Pondicherry. Her parents had come to India as hippies in the 1970s and settled there after they fell in love with the country. Her parents are devotees of Sri Aurobindo.

Kalki was studying in Ooty when her parents insisted that she attend university. She studied drama and theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also worked with a theater company called Theatre of Relativity for two years. She performed in various plays, including David Hare's "The Blue Room," Marivaux's "The Dispute," and a devised play called "The Rise of the Wild Hunt" during her two-year stint with the theater group.

Kalki later decided to move to Mumbai to try her luck in Indian cinema. She was doing modeling assignments for television commercials before being shortlisted for the role of Chandramukhi (Chanda) in Dev D (2009). Kalki, who can speak Tamil, English, and French, had to learn Hindi to prepare for her role in Dev D (2009). She was apprehensive about how people would judge her after seeing her in the role.

She won The Hindu's 2009 MetroPlus Playwright Award, along with Prashant Prakash, for their co-authored entry "Skeleton Woman." Kalki also acted in the play "Hair" directed by Ajay Krishnan.


Anurag Kashyap (30 April 2011 - 2015)


Koechlin speaks Tamil, English, French, and Hindi.
She is a descendant of Maurice Koechlin (1856-1946), a Swiss structural engineer who, as the managing director of Gustave Eiffel's Compagnie des Establissments Eiffel, contributed to the construction of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.
Began a relationship with director Anurag Kashyap after the first film they worked on together, Dev D (2009), was released. They were married in April 2011. In November 2013, Koechlin and Kashyap issued a joint statement announcing they were separating. In May 2015, they divorced.
She won the Best Supporting Actress at the Global Indian Film and TV Awards in 2012 for the role she played in Shaitan (2011).
Younger brother named Oriel.
Was good friends with actress Kali Sudhra at one point while living abroad.
Caandian actress Kali Sudhra chose the screen name "Kali" as she is big fan of actress Kalki and Hindu good Kaali.

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