Kalki Koechlin took Hindi lessons for 'Dev D'

Feb 1, 2009 IANS

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) She is born to French parents, speaks with a Tamil accent and makes her debut with Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap's "Dev D". Kalki Koechlin says it wasn't easy mouthing Hindi dialogues, but taking tutions helped improve her diction.

"I can speak Tamil and French, but my Hindi is not very good and the language is not easy. I had to work a lot on it for the film. I started taking tutorials for Hindi before the auditions of 'Dev D'," Kalki told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

"I have a bad Tamil accent. So speaking Hindi was hard and I didn't really know how to read and write Hindi, but now I can watch Bollywood films too," she said.

The 25-year-old actress also said that Karan Makhija, who played Rotlu in Abbas Tyrewala's "Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na", helped her in "picking up the language".

In "Dev D", that is a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic novel "Devdas", Kalki plays courtesan Chandramukhi, and is called Chanda in the film. The film is releasing Feb 6.

Kalki now also carries a Hindi book with her all the time so that she can improve on her language.

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