Meet rap artiste Kalki, the new ‘Gully Gal’!


For those who have been missing the lovely Kalki Koechlin on screen, here’s good news. Zoya Akhtar's forthcoming film, Gully Boys will also feature the actress playing a rapper, no less! Gully Boys is about the lives of street rappers from Mumbai’s chawls and ghettos. Headlined by Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, it is reportedly inspired by Naezy and Divine, two street rappers who were the subjects of a documentary Bombay 70.

A film that is already highly anticipated owing to its subject, it will be a scenario into which crossover cinema’s Kalki will fit right in… even though she claims she doesn’t under the tag! “It feels great when people call me a crossover icon,” she had admitted, “although honestly I don’t fully understand that tag. I don’t understand the term ‘commercial star’ either. All I am interested in is in doing all kinds of films. I sign films on the basis of a good script and I want all my films to be hits.”

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She has been absolutely candid about why she is seen so little on screen as well, maintaining it was because she got less films – at least the kind of films that she really wants to do. Without a designated PR person, she prefers to deal with people directly. “I don’t want to live within an image. There is social media, which lets me interacts with the audience directly,” she has pointed out.

While Kalki has stunned with her performances in films like Margarita With a Straw, which portrayed the journey of a young girl suffering from cerebral palsy, looking for love, she reveals that she actually is most impressed by comedy. “I love doing comedy and wish there was more of it coming my way. Actually there are less comic roles for women not just in Hindi films but in cinema all over the world. Comedy continues to be a male bastion,” she has stated.

Rapping is something of a male bastion too. Here’s looking forward to Kalki storming this one as well!