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I’m a small pawn in a sea of chess players: Kalki Koechlin on Bollywood

01:35 AM May 29, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Kalki Koechlin may have established herself as an actor of merit, but as a “small pawn in a sea of other chess players”, she feels the pressure to make her drop count. The actor, who broke out with Anurag Kashyap’s “Dev D” a decade ago, says making a mark in the industry is always difficult.

“Pressure to do good work is always there. The pressure of being one small pawn in such a vast sea of other chess players. You’ve got to try and make your bit count, it’s always hard,” Kalki said.

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Though she has consistently gained praise for her work in films like “Margarita, With a Straw”, “Waiting” and the recent “Gully Boy”, the actor says finding a well-written role is always a challenge. “It’s one of my constant complaints. To find interesting characters that have layers to them is difficult. They are few and far in between. It’s an amazing feeling for an actor when you do get such roles.”

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The actor will next be seen in the web series “Made in Heaven”, created by filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti. Kalki says it is a tough job for the writers to come up with a good script as it involves following multiple narratives with equal focus, especially when it is a web series. “It’s not just one narrative. You have to follow all the characters. Especially in commercial cinema, we have a tendency to have the ‘hero-heroine’ in focus. But within a more extended storyline like in this show, you get to see all the characters,” she says.

The actor says there are different combinations that come into play that makes her choose a script “Sometimes I’ve loved my character but not the script and even the opposite. It’s all about where you are in life and what you want to do,” she says.

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