Divorced couple Kalki Koechlin, Anurag Kashyap share a warm hug


At the screening of ‘Manmarziyaan’, Kalki Koechlin met her ex-husband and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and both shared a warm hug. They were delighted to meet each other and shared a warm hug.

Kalki and Anurag married in 2011 were officially divorced in 2015.

In an interview published in a recently launched book, Feminist Rani, penned by Shaili Chopra and Meghna Pant, the actor said the "biggest problem" with marriage, especially for a woman, is the idea of "ownership".

"Once I got married, I was only invited to the things that Anurag was invited to. People would say, 'Call Anurag's wife'. They wouldn't say, 'call Kalki' or 'call Kalki's husband'.

"In marriage, a woman becomes the weaker sex, even if her husband doesn't want her to be. This happens because of the way society has built the institution," she said.

Kalki also shared how she went about the process of coming out of her marriage after the divorce.

"... I found myself alone after a very long time. I had to fill up that empty space somehow. I didn't want to fill it up by going crazy and getting drunk, or by surrounding myself with the people. I chose the introverted version of filling up myself by spending more time at home, with the family... I'm happy I went through that journey," she said.

The actress also talked about her movie career and feminism, which she said simply means "all humans being equal and respecting one another".

"It's only that we live in a patriarchal society, and therefore, the word feminism has to be used as a counter to patriarchy. But feminism is about being equal. The word used should be 'equalist', as it is about all humans being equal and respecting each other for that," she added.

Kalki said that she had to pay a heavy price for her choice of films. "I have retained my freedom and my ability to pick and choose. Of course, people have tried to stereotype me... But it's very short-lived if you realise that you're only as new as your newest film... You have to look beyond the period of initial reactions and recognise that there's a bigger body of work and an effort to do something bigger," she added.