Actor-director Kalki Koechlin is being widely appreciated on social media and otherwise for her latest video reciting one of her most powerful poems ‘The Printing Machine’. Undoubtedly, the rendition leaves a strong impact. However, Koechlin recited the same poem last year at an event in Mumbai as her natural self without the lights and camera and effects, but the performance still gives you goosebumps.
The poem critiques the presentation of women’s issues in magazines, newspapers and social media. Through her poem, she comments on the skewed perceptions and debates on crime against women, the statements made by politicians and how eventually people move on even after public outrage without any significant changes.
“Chrrr chrrr chrrring a village dangling of two girls, like pin up dolls, upon a tree,” she writes referring to Badaun rape case.
“‘Printing Machine’ was inspired by one of the key influencers in our lives — news houses and the media. We are flooded by an onslaught of objectifying and horrific news reports and imagery that have desensitised us,” Kalki said in a statement.
The actor, who comes across as a liberal feminist, has been extremely vocal about her opinion on women rights issues; and has previously opened up about how she was sexually abused as a child.