Kalki Koechlin is not just a powerhouse performer, but also a kickass woman. She is one of the rare Bollywood celebrities who never shies away from talking about important issues—be it feminism, politics, or sex. Kalki is the August cover girl for Elle India, and she got candid with them about learning to live alone, her cat Dosa, and the importance of being political.
She is currently working with filmmaker Sabiha Sumar on a documentary exploring religion in India and Pakistan. The film is being produced by Vidhi Films, who also produced Saving Face, an Oscar-winning film on acid attacks in Pakistan. This is what she had to say about her work, which often leverages her fame to make a political statement,
She was only 21 or 22 when she performed naked on the stage of London-
“That took nerves, just to be in front of an audience and forget myself. But once you’re in your character it’s almost like, that’s not me on stage. My body is actually the least naked part of me.”
But at 30, she is far more comfortable with her body
“Sex is better in my thirties; I’m less inhibited with my body. In your twenties, you’re very worried about how people perceive you. I’ve become more selfish in bed now. And I’m much more fussy (about partners), my bullshit tolerance is a lot less. I don’t just like someone because they like me, which was the case usually. As you get older, you’re just grateful to be getting some.