From Aditi in 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' to Sky in 'Gully Boy', actress Kalki Koechlin has amazed us with some 'full of life' performances. The actress who made a place for herself in the industry with her versatile acting recently opened up about her struggles dealing with colourism, rejection and rumours. Sharing her journey to social media blog 'Humans of Bombay' which retells the stories of Mumbai city's inhabitants, Kalki revealed she had a hard time trying to make a place for herself.
Unveiling her origin story and her struggles dealing with racial discrimination, Kalik said, “My father hitchhiked from France to India & while he was living here, he met my mother. When they started a family, they were very much the locals of the city. My father taught hang gliding, while my mom taught French. I had an amazing childhood. For the most part, I was never aware that I was ‘white’. I didn’t feel like an outsider until much later. As I grew up, I noticed the difference."
"When I was a teenager, my friends & I would go on trips to the beach & people would approach me to buy drugs. I also had a nagging fear that I was being hit on because people thought I didn’t follow Indian customs. So I’d be extra nice with the aunties–make sure they knew I was just like my friends." she continued saying
The actress further opened about her challenges in Bollywood. She said she had to face many rejections and was typecasted as she attended the auditions. Even after debuting with 'DevD', the actress had a hard time securing her place in the industry.
"As the years went by I realised I wanted to be an actor & went abroad to study. To sustain myself, I worked as a waitress & taught in schools while trying to juggle plays. Once I knew I was ready–I moved back home. I started going for auditions, I’d even carry an extra pair of clothes everywhere. But it was hard. I got many rejections & was typecast. After countless tries, I finally got my first role in DevD! But that wasn’t enough to guarantee more work. For 2 years I had no offers. But I didn’t give up, I kept writing & acting in my own plays. And in 2011 I had 4 movie releases!" she said
While having a conversation with HOB, the actress further opened up about how her life came under media scrutiny after her divorce.
"The struggles never really end. When my ex-husband & I separated, I had to deal with the rumours. Every time I stepped out with a man, the media thought we were dating. Journalists would ask how my life was post-divorce, how was I handling my career & balancing it? Even concerned neighbours would ask my parents' such questions. But I chose to ignore it." the Bollywood diva stated.
Sharing her life-lessons, the actress concluded saying, "So through all of this, I’ve learnt that the struggle is on-going. It can find you anywhere. But life goes on, you think it’s the end of the world just because something terrible happens, but you know you can deal with it. It will pass and tomorrow it will take care of itself! But it's amazing what you can get through! You sleep it off & begin again.”
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