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‘Deepika And ­Priyanka Are Exceptions, ­Otherwise Gender Balance In Terms Of Pay Is Skewed’

Kalki Koechlin on mainstream cinema, content-driven films ahead of the ­back-to-back release of her two films, Ribbon and Jia Aur Jia.

‘Deepika And ­Priyanka Are Exceptions, ­Otherwise Gender Balance In Terms Of Pay Is Skewed’
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‘Deepika And ­Priyanka Are Exceptions, ­Otherwise Gender Balance In Terms Of Pay Is Skewed’
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2017-10-14T11:01:03+05:30

Known as a thinking audience’s actress because of the unconventional roles she has done since making her debut in Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D eight years ago, Kalki Koechlin has carved out a unique niche for herself in Bollywood by breaking the ­stereotypes associated with ­actors of ­foreign descent. The 33-year-old actress speaks to Giridhar Jha ahead of the ­back-to-back release of her two films, Ribbon and Jia Aur Jia. Excerpts:

Given the huge success of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), any other actress in your place would have plunged headlong into mainstream Bollywood cinema. But you are doing mostly content-driven, small-budget, independent movies such as Margarita With a Straw (2015) and A Death in the Gunj (2016). Is it a conscious decision on your part to steer clear of hardcore commercial cinema?

No, not at all! I do not get that many ­offers in commercial cinema, to be...

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