Kalki Koechlin loves Dosa ... and it's not the South Indian food, but her adopted cat. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu chats up the actress in Mumbai on her love for the feline
You are promoting cat adoption on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). What made you take up the cause?
The reason for me promoting the cause is my own cat Dosa. I moved to Bombay six-seven years back and was living in Bandra. At that time my roommate and I were going to buy vegetables in Pali Naka when we spotted two kittens, smaller than the size of my palms. There was no mother cat around. We went back to the same place the next day and found they were still there. We knew they were going to die if we left them on the road. At that time I did not have too much money, I was having difficulty in paying my rent and my roommate was no better off than me. Still, we could not help but take them up. We called them Masala and Dosa.
Did you face any difficulty while maintaining them?
They were wonderful, beautiful cats. We did not have any problem looking after them, Actually, they were looking after us. After some time Masala ran away so we were left with plain Dosa.
How is Dosa doing now?
He is doing pretty well. He has now become quite a celebrity cat. He has done a photoshoot for PETA. It's like I am investing in him and in two-three years when I get tired of acting, I will send him to earn the bucks for me. But seriously, he has truly changed my life. He is always there for me. Dosa is a supercat - he´s cuddly, affectionate and a natural good looker.
Do you have a plan to adopt more cats or dogs?
Right now, I can't adopt more cats as I have a small flat and I am travelling too much. But one day I hope to own a big house and adopt many, many dogs and cats.
You have always associated yourself with a social cause or other. Do you want to start your own non-governmental organization (NGO) someday?
I have not given it a thought right now. But it might happen one day.
Given a choice and chance, which field will you like to work on as a socially responsible person?
Education and environment are two things that really mean a lot to me.
You have been missing from the limelight for a long time. Where have you been?
I had been shooting three films this year ... I had been shooting in four countries over the past eight months. I had been working really hard. I was in Sweden, in New York, in Detroit, L.A. (Los Angeles) and Delhi for shooting these three films. Now I am back. I am performing my play in December. So now you will see a lot of me.
Would you like to clarify the media buzz that's doing rounds about your separation from your filmmaker husband Anurag Kashyap?
No. There is absolutely no clarification to be given from my end. Sorry.