'I prefer comfort over style'

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'I prefer comfort over style'

Keeping away from controversial questions and basking in the glory of her last hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Kalki Koechlin knows how to look chic and impressive. On a visit to the City, she talks to Metrolife about her characters, criticism and cool quotient!

“My choice of clothes and footwear depends on the occasion but on a day-to-day basis I prefer comfort over style because at times I walk down the street or even take a rickshaw with friends,” says Kalki who was dressed in a cotton outfit for the store launch of Crocs at Khan Market.

Garnering attention, she confesses “Criticism is depressing,” as she recollects her initial years in the industry, “More because I put in a lot of effort and am quite sincere, so I do get frustrated when people feel or say that my work was terrible. I too have shortcomings and keep pushing myself and feel that the negative criticism is as important as the positive criticism to become a better actor,” adds Kalki who has made a smooth transition from playing darker shades to donning upbeat characters.

Kalki however, blames her image on what she was offered initially. “I didn’t have so many choices in terms of light films. Now that people have seen that I can do lighter roles, suddenly more comedies are coming to me,” says the actress who will soon be seen in a rom-com opposite Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D’Cruz.

“It’s just a matter of time before people understand what you are capable of,” she sighs and explains that she liked her character in YJHD from the very beginning. “I always go with my gut feeling when I read a script. This character was lovable from the start and one that everybody just falls in love with! I had no problems accepting Aditi or having to believe that I can play her.”

Yet, she feels that she could have done better. “I’m never fully satisfied and feel that I still need to work more.”

What comes to help is theatre. “I try to do a play once in a year because theatre is an actor’s medium. When you are on stage in front of the live audience, you have to be well-rehearsed because there is no space for retakes! It requires a certain discipline which I get reminded of when I come back to theatre,” says the actress who is all set to perform Hamlet – The Clown Prince on Delhi stage.  

The man in her life encourages this attitude too, “Anurag doesn’t let me rest. I love that about him because he is always trying to make me work more and doesn’t let me waste time,” she confesses and then busts into laughter when asked who is better, Anurag as a husband or director? “Obviously, husband. He is a full-time husband and a part-time director! He has to be better as a husband!” Another laugh follows.

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