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05-24-2012, 02:27 PM #1
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"Dibakar wanted me to look ugly in Shanghai" - Kalki
She played a rich heiress in Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara who couldn't dream of anything but Guccis, Gabbanas and Pradas of the world. However, when it came to Shanghai, Kalki Koechelin had to go through quite a cultural shift, both on and off the screen. The brief give by her director Dibakar Banerjee was quite simple - 'Look ugly'. However for the pretty girl, it was nothing short of a nightmare to actually live the filmmaker's vision.
"Can you believe it", says Kalki in an animated tone, "Dibakar wanted me to look ugly and vulnerable. The first thing that he did was chop my hair and make it really short. That was strike one! Then he gave me these clothes that were really grungy with jagged T-shirts and all. Strike two. Moreover I wasn't allowed to look very comfortable or feminine. The idea was to bring on certain vulnerability and awkwardness to my character. There was not an ounce of glamour that I bring in Shanghai. To add to this, Dibakar also said that I had to be ugly, but adorable. Now that was a strange mix I had to bring on screen."
Though she has played a battered character in films like Shaitan, That Girl In Yellow Boots as well as Dev D, Shanghai turned out to be an altogether different experience as she had to enact the part of a complete outsider.
"Dibakar is presenting me as someone who is not an accepted person; she is an outsider. So basically everybody stares at her and people just think that she doesn't belong to their world", she divulges.
Even as she was wondering how exactly would she change her appearance, more so since there is a particular manner in which a Bollywood heroine is usually projected, Dibakar gave her the examples of Emraan Hashmi and Abhay Deol who have gone through a drastic transformation as well.
"Now Abhay is such a cool person in real life but here is shown as a stoic middle aged suited-booted character. On the other hand even Emraan has this paunch and blackened his teeth. And to think of it, he usually plays these highly romantic characters. All three of us were convinced by Dibakar's thought process and decided to take the plunge", she says.
We look forward to the results now Kalki. Also starring Farooq Sheikh, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Supriya Pathak in principal roles, Shanghai with music by Vishal-Shekhar releases all over on June 8.
05-24-2012, 07:27 PM #2
And She Done Such A Gr8 Job
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