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Kalki Koechlin
Born Kalki
January 9, 1983 (1983-01-09) (age 27)[1]
Other name(s) Kali
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008 - present
Domestic partner(s) Dating Anurag Kashyap

Kalki Koechlin is an Indian actress of French descent who debuted in Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed 2009 Hindi film Dev.D. She played the character of Chandramukhi in Dev.D, which is a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's Bengali novella Devdas.



Kalki was born to French parents in a small village in Pondicherry. Her parents had come to India as hippies 38 years ago and settled there after they fell in love with the country. Her parents are devotees of Sri Aurobindo.[2]

Kalki was studying in Ooty when her parents insisted she attend university. Kalki studied drama and theatre in Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also worked with a theatre company called Theatre of Relativity for two years. She performed in various plays like David Hare’s The Blue Room, Marivaux’s The Dispute and a devised play The Rise of the Wild Hunt in her two year stint with the theatre group.[3][4]

Movie career

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. Kalki can speak Tamil, English and French while she had to learn Hindi to prepare for her role in Dev.D. About her role Kalki said "My character is much younger and there's much more to it than just being a prostitute. When she is not entertaining customers, she dresses up like any other girl in jeans and stuff and leads a normal life. My role in the film has a controversial streak to it, but I still don't know what would have been an ideal role to debut with. I've got the chance to work with a good director in Dev D and I feel I'm lucky enough." Kalki was apprehensive about how people will judge her after seeing her in the role.

After the movie released, her portrayal of the modern Chandramukhi, who goes from an innocent schoolgirl (Leni) to a vivacious prostitute (Chanda) was critically acclaimed saying "Kalki shows sparks in the scenes"[5] Hindustan Times said, "Enter Chanda, the multilingual call girl who can seduce in Hindi, Tamil, English and French. With her bee-stung lips, unusual face and refreshing lack of acting guile, Kalki Koechlin imbues the part with a touching fragility."[6] For her work in Dev D, she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2010.

Kalki paired with Imran Khan (actor) nephew of Aamir Khan for the coca cola latest advertisement


She won The Hindu metro playwright award 2009 along with Prashant Prakash[7] for their co-authored entry ‘Skeleton Woman.’ She had also acted in the play "Hair" directed by Ajay Krishnan.[8] She won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in her debut film Dev.D


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