Kalki Koechlin & Siddhant Chaturvedi bring Bollywood to Goafest 2019

In a chat with Kubbra Sait, Koechlin and Chaturvedi share their struggles and aspirations

e4m by Tasmayee Laha Roy
Updated: Apr 13, 2019 8:56 AM

Taking the mood of Goafest 2019 straight to B-town speakers, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Kalki Koechlin took the audience on a ride through their struggles and aspirations in Bollywood. 

In discussion with Kubbra Sait of ‘Sacred Games’ fame, the actors had a candid chat on everything from being bullied in their younger days to nepotism in the industry.

“It took me a lot of time to know I am being bullied. But with today’s generation, we are coming out with the issues and speaking up about it. These stories and choice are after all what makes us what we are and what we choose to do,” said Koechlin.

Talking of struggles in Bollywood, Chaturvedi of ‘Gully Boy’ fame said: “It was a long run for me. Though I am just 25-years-old, I have struggled for 8 to 9 hours. I started auditioning in the third year in college when my CA finals were due. I decided to take a break and try my luck in Bollywood. I was already part of a theatre group, so I thought it would be easier since I was already into acting but that wasn’t enough.  I wouldn’t even get an advertisement. Most of the employers told me they couldn’t cast me in their advertisements because my looks were not relatable.

Recollecting his first cheque of Rs 2,500 for an advertisement for a real estate firm in Bihar, Chaturvedi said: “I won the Bombay Times Fresh Face and my face was on the paper. I thought I made it. I used to take the cutting everywhere and flaunt it. I had no agent and no manager. I used to take Rs 50 in my pocket and go around in groups of people who were also auditioning. Finally, Zoya Akhtar saw me dancing at a party and asked me to audition.”

For Koechlin, however, struggle has a different definition. “Struggle is constant. How to stay relevant and relatable and keep feeling inspired and not just be in a comfort zone when you are good in something, is struggle for me. Stepping out of the comfort zone and doing different things and same things differently is my constant struggle,” she said.

When asked about nepotism, the actress said, “We have learnt the word recently. Thanks to Karan Johar but the concept always existed.” 

“While there are actors like Ranbir Kapoor who are supremely talented, there are others who are just born to privileges and that’s their only quality. The industry is still two decades away from being nepotism free,” added Chaturvedi.

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