Kalki Koechelin says it was disconcerting to share the screen space with veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah in her latest release That Girl In Yellow Boots.
The 28-year-old, who also wrote the script of the movie, releasing today, says she felt distorted due to the presence of the actor.
"The world knows that Naseer is a fantastic actor. Since I was working with him for the first time, I was very nervous shooting with him. I never realised that I could be so distorted due to the presence of another actor in the same frame," said Kalki, who recently tied the knot with her director beau Anurag Kashyap.
For someone who has done unconventional films like Dev D, Emotional Atyachaar, Shaitan and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Kalki's latest outing That Girl In Yellow Boots stands out as yet another serious project.
The film narrates the journey and nightmares of a girl who comes from London to Mumbai in search of her missing father, who left her when she was only five-year-old.
"I started working on this one immediately after Dev D. This is hardly conventional cinema. Instead of being a fairy tale journey of a young woman, it is about the nightmares that she goes through," says Kalki.
The film, which has already gained critical acclaim in international festival circuits, carries a very unique title and Kalki says it comes from an interesting incident.
"Anurag and I were travelling in London and discussing the look of this girl's character. We wanted her to look like this grungy woman who feels like a complete outsider when she steps into Mumbai," Kalki said.
"Then we just happened to walk past a shoe shop and saw these huge yellow boots on display. They just didn't look like the ones that an average woman would wear, especially in India, and we decided there and then that not just our character would wear these shoes but our film will also get a title out of that," she added.
The movie releases two days after Salman Khan starrer 'Bodyguard' but Kalki feels that her small film faces no competition from the big budget movie.
"Don't compare the two films. That Girl In Yellow Boots is more of a thinking film. It is like an alien story for audience who have otherwise been largely exposed to mainstream cinema. But there are several moments in our film which many would be able to relate to."
Kalki is not scared about the box office prospects of her film but says she carefully collects positive and negative comments about her performances.
"I don't get affected with the box office. I am conscious about whether a film of mine is loved or hated or whether my role has been criticised in a positive or negative way. Eventually, the pleasure lies in the process of filmmaking. Once a film is released, my job is done."
I Was Nervous Working with Naseeruddin Shah: Kalki
Joginder Tuteja/New Delhi
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