Kalki Koechlin in Anurag Kashyap’s Happy Ending next

After her stunning performance as Chanda in DevD, Kalki Koechlin will star in boyfriend Anurag Kashyap’s Happy Ending.

Kalki Koechlin photo

Kalki Koechlin photo

Kalki Koechlin has been quoted, in HT, as saying, “It’s a 90-minute film. There will be other characters, but the story is about me. And no, it is no similar to 4 Months, 3 weeks, and 2 Days. It’s a completely new story. It will just be shot in the same style.”

4 Months, 3 weeks, and 2 Days is an award-winning Romanian movie made in the post-communist new Romanian cinematic style.

The movie is set in communist Romania. It tells the story of a young girl, who wants to undergo an abortion, but has to undergo all sorts of complications to be able to do that, in a repressed regime where abortion is illegal.

4 Months, 3 weeks, and 2 Days has been written and directed by Cristian Mungiu, and stars Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, and Alex Potocean.

Kalki Koechlin as Chanda in DevD

Kalki Koechlin as Chanda in DevD

Kalki Koechlin has said Happy Ending will not be made in a hurry. Anurag has other movies in the pipeline, reports say, including a segment in Bombay Cutting, called Pramod Bhai 23.

Kalki was born in Pondicherry to French parents. She speaks fluent English and Tamil. Kalki did her schooling in Ooty and studied drama in Goldsmiths, University of London.

Reports say that Kalki Koechlin was attached to Theatre of Relativity, a theatre group for a couple of years, and acted in plays like David Hare’s The Blue Room and Marivaux’s The Dispute.

Kalki Koechlin as Lenny in DevD

Kalki Koechlin as Lenny in DevD

She has won the MetroPlus Playwright Award 2009 with Prashant Prakash for their co-authored entry Skeleton Woman.

Kalki does not have any other movies in the pipeline apart from Anurag Kashyap’s Happy Ending. That can be attributed to the fact that most filmmakers, probably, find it difficult to pigeon-hole her. She looks like a “foreigner” but her expressions are like that of any other Indian young girl, her age. So, they cannot offer her their usual “foreigner” roles, which, I’m sure she’d never accept, in any case, nor can they offer her typical filmy heroine roles.

In her last release, DevD, a contemporary take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Devdas, Kalki played the role of Chandramukhi with aplomb.

Kalki plays a young school girl, Lenny, who  is not allowed to write off a mistake, by her parents or society. She becomes, Chanda, an exclusive escort by night and a student by day.
Sweet and fearless, she is not afraid of Dev’s contempt or his tantrums. Kalki does a fantastic job of getting across her love for Devdas as well as her refusal to take his theatrics seriously.

Kalki Koechlin as Chanda in DevD

Kalki Koechlin as Chanda in DevD

Much like Paro, she loves Dev, but has no illusions about him.

Needless to say, Kalki is extremely unusual, not just in terms of her looks but also her incredibly spontaneous acting. It would be interesting to see what kinds of movies she does in the future.

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