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From Dev D to Shanghai: 8 films starring Kalki Koechlin on OTT

Anukriti Chaturvedi

Anukriti Chaturvedi
Jul 17, 2021


Natasha, essayed by Kalki Koechlin in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, might have been that jealous, overly romantic girlfriend who mistook her boyfriend, Kabir (Abhay Deol), showing her his birthday gift for his mom, a beautiful diamond ring as a proposal, but it can’t be denied that her limited screen presence didn’t have an indelible effect on the viewers and the plotline. 

Kalki is one of the most versatile actors in the industry and her roles have always propelled the films in the right direction. Here are eight movies that depict her incredible range.

Margarita with a Straw
7.4OTTplay Rating
Kalki essays a young woman, Laila, with cerebral palsy in this coming of age offbeat film. The film shows Laila’s journey from a teenager to an adult, dealing with self-acceptance, self-love and exploring her sexuality.
Paava Kadhaigal
7.6OTTplay Rating
In this Tamil anthology series, Kalki essays Penelope in this riveting story revolving around two sisters, inter-caste marriages and honour killings.
7.8OTTplay Rating
In Anurag Kashyap’s directorial, Kalki essays the role of Leni/Chandramukhi, a sex worker and even won a Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actress. Dev, essayed by Abhay Deol, finds temporary solace in Chandramukhi’s arms. A modern-day take on Devdas, the movie was appreciated by audiences and critics alike and is replete with hints of real events including the MMS case at a school in Delhi in 2004.
That Girl in Yellow Boots
7.1OTTplay Rating
Kalki Koechlin stars opposite Naseeruddin Shah in this thriller, directed by Anurag Kashyap. Koechlin essays the role of Ruth from Britain, who comes to India in search of her father, whom she hardly knew, as the film explores the underbelly of Mumbai.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
6.9OTTplay Rating
One of the quintessential coming-of-age movies, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani features Kalki Koechlin along with Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Aditya Roy Kapoor. In Karan Johar’s directorial, Kalki essayed the role of Aditi, in love with her best friend, Avinash (Roy Kapoor). Aditi is Naina’s (Padukone) classmate and a chance encounter between the two changes everything and they end up becoming best friends.
7.5OTTplay Rating
In Dibakar Banerjee’s directorial, Koechlin essays the role of Shalini, who works to raise awareness of the less favourable aspects of the local party. The movie follows a select group of people, who try to solve the case behind the mysterious death of a social activist which the government claims was an accident.
Gully Boy
7.6OTTplay Rating
In this critically acclaimed musical drama, Kalki Koechlin stars as Shweta Mehta, an upcoming musician with the stage name, Sky. She also played the secondary romantic interest to Ranveer Singh's character, Murad.
7.4OTTplay Rating
Kalki Koechlin reunites with Naseeruddin Shah in this poignant film. The two form an inexplicable bond over the comatose conditions of their respective partners at the same hospital. They both help each other cope as they hit several snags in their lives. A truly heartwarming and emotional watch.
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