Kalki Koechlin is an Indian film and stage actress and screenwriter of French ethnicity, who predominantly works in Bollywood. One of the most popular Indian celebrity, she is the recipient of a National Film Award, a Filmfare Award and two Screen Awards. Koechlin is best known for her character roles that defy the stereotypical portrayal of women in Indian cinema.
Kalki Koechlin was born in Pondicherry, India, onJanuary 1984 to French parents, Joel Koechlin and Franoise Armandie, who came to India from Angers, France. She is a descendant of Maurice Koechlin, a French structural engineer, who played an important role in the design and construction of the Eiffel Tower. Her parents are devotees of Sri Aurobindo. She was brought up in a strict environment in Pondicherry where she spoke English, Tamil, and French.