Celebrities should endorse causes they personally relate to, says Kalki Koechlin
Kalki Koechlin is known for speaking what's on her mind.
That being said, the actor also believes that celebrities should keep their two cents to themselves on serious subjects unless they really know what they're talking about.The 33-year-old actor admits that there is always a risk associated with being a public figure as there's always the possibility that your words might be misinterpreted.
In an interview, Kalki shared: "I believe when a celebrity voices an opinion, there are chances for it to be taken out of context. I feel if a celeb is voicing his/her opinion on something, they should personally relate to the subject. If they just put a face to the cause, without knowing about it, it doesn't serves the purpose."
"However, I agree with the fact that when a public figure supports a cause, it makes a big impact. It involves a lot of people and gives confidence to others to talk about the issue. But ultimately, the change comes from the entire community. Branding by a celeb is just a seed," she adds.
Kalki will next be seen in a guest appearance in Candyflip, a film directed by Shanawaz Nellikunnil. The movie is set in Goa and chronicles the story of the protagonist (pPrashant Prakash) who freaks out when he is introduced to drugs by his close friend. The film also features Gulshan Devaiah and Prakash Raj in key roles.
"I play a a posh British vegan girl who comes to Goa for the first time. This girl is kind of an illusion; you don't know whether she is real or not. The main character, played by Prashant, keeps seeing her," the actor said.
Kalki and co-star Gulshan have initiated an anti-drug campaign with Goa Chief Minister and Chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa, Manohar Parrikar. Talking about how the movie addresses widespread substance abuse, the actor says it is important to educate the youth about drugs, even if they are consuming them.
"The darker side of drugs, the psychological issues which happen due to drugs people hardly talk about it. Drugs are at times glorified. It is important to educate young people about what drugs are. I believe people need to be aware even if they are taking it," she said.
Kalki also has a web-series lined up with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, which is about a rich wedding gone wrong.