Kalki Koechlin is an Indian actress of French descent who debuted in Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed 2009 Hindi film
Dev.D. She played the character of Chandramukhi in Dev.D, which is a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's Bengali
Koechlin was born to French parents in a small village in Pondicherry. Her parents had come to India as hippies 38 years
ago and settled there after they fell in love with the country. Her parents are devotees of Sri Aurobindo
Koechlin later decided to move to Mumbai to try her luck in Hindi cinema. She was doing modeling assignments for
television commercials before being shortlisted for the role of Chandramukhi (Chanda) in Dev.D. Koechlin can speak Tamil,
English and French while she had to learn Hindi to prepare for her role in Dev.D
She won The Hindu Metro Plus Playwright Award 2009 along with Prashant Prakash for their co-authored entry Skeleton Woman.
She had also acted in the play Hair directed by Ajay Krishnan. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her
performance in her debut film Dev.D.