Indian National award-winning actress Kalki Koechlin, who is playing a pivotal role in ‘Sacred Games 2’, says that though she is quite politically aware as an individual, global politics was not a dinner table discussion at home in her childhood.
In the Netflix show, she plays a character named Batya, who comes from a very conflicted background as her father is Jewish French and her mother is Palestinian, who had abandoned her as a teenager.
Despite coming from a French family and brought up in India, global politics was not a topic of conversation at home for Koechlin.
“I haven’t grown up in an environment where politics was a topic of discussion but, yes, we all watch the news on TV and read newspapers that make us aware, and as growing-up kids, influence all of us. But the socio-political change was not a regular topic of conversation,” she said.
In the show, the changing politics and conflicted situations emotionally dent Batya and she gets into drugs, and becomes a rebel as a teenager. Later she becomes a follower of Guruji, a spiritual leader who heals her emotionally.
Talking about her spiritual influence in her growing up years that shaped her personality, Koechlin said she has had such experience. “But that is very different from Batya because as a kid I have grown up in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, so the spiritual inclination was only natural. I have grown up with a certain philosophy that helped me to stay calm in life and, though I am spiritual, I am not highly religious,” she said.
Guruji is played by Pankaj Tripathi and this was the first time Koechlin worked with her ‘favourite’ Tripathi.
“We all know that he is such a good actor. Quite interesting that just as my character Batya is in awe of Guruji, I am in awe of Pankaj ji in reality. He is such a wonderful actor!” she said.
Not long ago, Koechlin faced criticism when she cut her hair short. She says she has found a way to stay immune from the negativity of social media.
“I stopped reading the comment section because people have an opinion on everything. I put out pictures, I post my work and then I get out of there. That’s the way to deal with it. I used to engage more in the past but then I realised that there are too many people with too many opinions, and we cannot please everyone,” she said.
Since she has watched the first season as audience and acted in the second season of ‘Sacred Games’, which one is her favourite?
“Surely the second season because here things have more to do with the psychology of each character. I think the first season was to do with a lot of build-up whereas in the upcoming one, we all are heading towards the conclusion. The plot is thickening,” she said.
Directed by Neeraj Ghawyan and Anurag Kashyap, ‘Sacred Games 2’ also features Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ranvir Shorey, Surveen Chawla and Geetanjali Thapa, among others. The show is now streaming on Netflix.