Her star may be on the rise now, though Kalki recalls a period after university in London, "working with a theatre company called Theatre of Relativity and making no money." Some Kalki fans might consider DevD
the actor's debut film, but there is also an early cameo in YRF's Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
and an appearance in a Powerful Swing Massager infomercial.
"I was doing theatre in Bombay and I couldn't survive off it so had to do other work," she says. "I gave my CV and photos to all the production houses and used to get calls for lots of random things. The swing massager ad happened because I needed to pay the rent."