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Kalki Koechlin: National Award makes me feel more 'desi'

Kalki Koechlin, who has been conferred with a Special Jury Award at the 63rd National Film Awards for her performance in 'Margarita, With A Straw', says this will make people stop questioning her "desiness".

President Pranab Mukherjee presents Special Jury Award to actress Kalki Koechlin at the 63rd National Film Awards 2015 function in New Delhi. Pic/PTI
President Pranab Mukherjee presents Special Jury Award to actress Kalki Koechlin at the 63rd National Film Awards 2015 function in New Delhi. Pic/PTI

"It's a really big deal for me... I think this is the most prestigious award you can get as an actor in this country. It makes me feel more 'desi'. I feel like people will stop questioning my 'desiness'," Kalki, who was here to receive the award, told IANS to a query on how important the award was for her.

Talking about the film in which she plays the role of a girl with cerebral palsy, she shared that the film was important for her as she got to learn a lot as an actor and a human being.

"It ('Margarita, With A Straw') was an important film for me. I learnt a lot as an actor and a human being. The amount of practice I had to do for that film was incredible. It just shows that how much more work we can put into every film," said Kalki, who was dressed in an off-white sari with green border.

Kalki will next be seen sharing screen space with veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah in "Waiting".

She has called the 66-year-old actor a "fantastic person".

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