Expressing sexuality is a taboo: Kalki

Expressing sexuality is a taboo: KalkiActor Kalki Koechlin (right), who is known for portraying strong characters in films such as That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011), Margarita with a Straw (2015), is happy that nowadays, heroines are getting to play strong characters.

She says, “This is because women are seen in very easy categories. An innocent and beautiful woman is the heroine and the extreme opposite is someone who is sexually-confident, and she is always the villain. However, slowly the lines are blurring. People are not apologetic about strong female characters. Films have started showing women in a realistic light.”

The 33-year-old adds that when it comes to female characters in films, a topic like sexuality is still considered a taboo. But with realistic films faring well now, talking about such issues is necessary. “Unfortunately, we are socially uncomfortable talking about sexuality. There is a reckoning happening and it can’t be avoided,” she adds.

Kalki was last seen in actor-filmmaker Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut. The actor says she is a “perfectionist”. “She was constantly guiding us throughout the film,” Kalki adds.


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