Kalki Koechlin is Ophelia on stage
Mumbai: Her claim to fame may be Bollywood but actress Kalki Koechlin hasn`t put her love for theatre aside. She is all set to play Ophelia in the Shakespearean classic `Hamlet` on stage.
Even after the huge success of `Dev D` which catapulted her to stardom, the 27-year-old actress has managed to stay low key and away from the limelight.
"I am enjoying myself doing English theatre in addition to the films that I have in hand. I would be joining this play which is already in the running, called `Hamlet - The Clown Prince`. I would be enacting the role of Ophelia," said Kalki, who played the teen prostitute Chanda in her debut film which was one of the highest grossers of 2009.
"I consider myself lucky that despite movies happening to me, I am still managing to get time out for theatre. I have been doing this play called `The Skeleton Woman` which was also co-written by me. It has been doing really very well," said the actress.
Instead of going into a film signing spree after the success of her first film, the actress is taking it slow and balancing commercial cinema with offbeat ones.
Despite completing two films in the interim, `That Girl in Yellow Boots` and `Happy Journey` and signing two major films, Zoya Akhtar`s `Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara` as well as Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s `My Friend Pinto` opposite Pratiek Babbar, Kalki isn`t quite seen painting the town red.
"I am quite a low key person. I am happy with the work that I am doing, whether it is films or theatre. For me it is all about working hard and learning something new everyday. I am not interested in publicising myself," said Kalki.
Born to French parents and named after the last incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the actress majored in acting and scripting from the University of London before coming to Mumbai to strike out in Bollywood.
"It is great if I am getting wonderful offers but I have to fall in love with the script first. It does take time after all to find something which truly inspires me. Until that happens, I don`t feel the need to pick up anything and everything," said Kalki.
Finding a place in the industry on her own terms, Kalki`s personal life is also doing well as she is in a happy live-in relationship with director Anurag Kashyap for the past year.
Kalki has only one piece of advice for newcomers who are looking at making a mark in the industry.
"I would advise any newcomer that, have your own ethics and values and see the results for yourself. If you start following others or ape someone, you will end up being like everyone else. You don`t want to get lost in the crowd by treading this path. Be grounded and you will see good things happening to you," said Kalki.