Goldfish Actor Kalki Koechlin Reflects On Her Legacy As An Actor

Sharanya Kumar

How do you think becoming a mother has informed your acting sensibilities?

I think being a mother at that early stage is like being a full-time caregiver. So the caregiving aspect of the film(Goldfish) was more obvious to me because I was going through it with my daughter. 

What did you feel when you first read the script for Goldfish?

I think one of the big things I felt was how you can have these moments of utter, baffling joy or laughter in the middle of something really serious. Or the other way around — you can have a perfectly nice day in the middle of which you just start crying.

Where do you see Anamika and Sadhana’s relationship after that lovely final frame?

It’s a hard one. I don’t think Anamika’s got it sorted at all. She’s said no to her job, she’s stayed back with her mother. It’s an emotional decision, one made in the moment, And Sadhana herself needs to come to the realisation that she needs help.

How do you wish to be remembered decades down the line?

Never think that what you do as an artist is too small. As for how I want to be remembered, I don’t know. Relevant? If you’re remembered, you’re relevant. And that’s enough.

What are some fun moments you can recall from set?

At one stage, there was a scene — which is now cut out of the film — it was a dream in which we see a dead goldfish, like a real, dead goldfish. And we were like, “Where do we get a dead goldfish?”