1. Offbeat film choices
‘Unconventional’ is Kalki Koechlin‘s middle name! Anyone who has grown up with a healthy dose of mainstream Bollywood films will vouch for notions like ek ladka aur ek ladki kabhi dost nahi ho sakte, sharam aur laaj ek aurat ka gehna hote hai, so on and so forth. We have been conditioned to think of a silver screen heroine in a certain way – imagine her in a chiffon-clad saree dancing against snow-clad mountains or making a hero feel good about his macho-man image. There are stars known for their last name, larger-than-life persona and then there are those who enjoy a moment or two with the media for doing what they are paid for – acting! Kalki, falls in the latter category, and proudly so if we may add.
In a refreshing departure from the societal norms, Kalki has balanced her professional life impeccably. Be it Margarita With A Straw, Ribbon, Dev D or Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Happy Ending, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, her performance in each of these films has been phenomenal. If anything, Kalki always leaves you wanting for more. As she turns 36 on 10 January 2020, we only wish she gets more of such amazing flicks in the years to come!
2. Not afraid to call a spade a spade
3. A lesson on badassery
“Happy Birthday AK-47,” was her birthday wish for ex-husband and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. The actress is now in a happy relationship with Guy Hershberg and set to welcome a baby with him. In a world full of breakups and bitching about your ex, Kalki stands tall with her coolness as she and Anurag continue wishing each other well and being great friends.
4. Carries a not-your-regular sense of style
5. Normalizing pregnancy for an actress
Bollywood and India is still getting used to seeing a celebrity’s baby bump. Besides, if you are having a child out of wedlock, you just set tongues wagging. But if you, by any remote chance, think that any of this matters to Kalki, the joke’s on you mate! We will just leave it at that.
Dear ‘Queen of Cool,’ here’s wishing you a very happy birthday!
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