Kalki Koechlin (French: Listeni/ˌkəlkiˈkeɪklɑː/) (born 10 January 1984) is an Indian film and stage actress, producer, play and screen writer, of French descent who is pre-dominantly known for her work in Hindi film industry.
Koechlin made her screen début with a supporting role in 2009's critically acclaimed Dev.D, which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She subsequently featured in the commercially successful comedy-dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), both ranked among the highest-grossing Bollywood films, and earned her two Filmfare Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She also worked as a co-screenwriter for That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011) and also starred in the movie.
Koechlin won The Best Actress Award At The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival for her role in Margarita with a Straw (2014) which was the only Indian film to be screened at the festival, and also won the Screen Award for Best Actress Jury Award. Other notable works include thriller film Shaitan (2011), My Friend Pinto (2011), the critically successful political thriller Shanghai (2012) and the romantic comedy Happy Ending (2014).
Apart from her acting career Kalki has written, produced and acted in many stage plays in India. Her most recent play Colour Blind (2014) a take on the life and times of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore which she co-wrote, screened at the Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Hall in August 2014. She has written a number of other theater plays and has won accolades for her work including the The MetroPlus Playwright Award for the play Skeleton Woman (2009).


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