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The Ex-factor

Kalki Koechlin on moving on in life after a break-up and what it meant to play a high-strung ex-girlfriend in Happy Ending

Kalki Koechlin
Kalki Koechlin

Q. 1 What’s your character as Saif Ali Khan’s ex-girlfriend in Happy Ending?

When the film begins, I play his girlfriend, but as the story progresses we part ways. My character is that of a working woman who is very hyperactive and happy-go-lucky. She’s always checking on her boyfriend and trying to trace him, which freaks him out. The result – he moves out of the relationship.

Q. 2 How did you prepare for your role, that of a possessive girlfriend?

Working on my role meant that I had to be very alert and learn my lines really well. Since my character is always blabbering, I had to ensure that I knew my lines. This was to maintain the comic timing and that everything went off smoothly and quickly.

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Q. 3 Can two exes be friends, or should they observe a distance?

If both of them are willing, I think they can be friends. Frankly, I think it depends on the nature of the relationship. There are certain people who remain very close to each other even after a break- up and share things. It depends on the level of maturity in their relationship.

Q. 4 Is it a good thing to keep in touch once the relationship is over?

I think it all depends on the nature of the person. For instance, in Happy Ending, my character understands that it is not possible to remain happy in her relationship, so the logical thing was to part ways in an amicable manner. It’s a very bitter-sweet relationship where we both understand each others characteristics.

Q. 5 Do you think it’s a good idea for two people who have broken up, to get back together?

I guess, it really depends on every individual. It’s a question which different couples have to individually address. There are some couples who become closer after a break-up, because they know each other so well, while others realise that they are not made for each other.

Q. 6 Does one feel uncomfortable when he/she meets their ex at a social gathering?

Actually, it all depends on how you handle it. If you are cordial, honest and communicate with each other, then there’s no awkwardness. But what generally happens is that after a break-up, there is no communication and you just assume things based on what other people are telling you. Then it becomes awkward.

Q. 7 How does one cope with a break-up?

It is difficult to get over a relationship. I think you have to spend a lot of time reflecting on where you have gone wrong. After moving out of a relationship, it is best to take a holiday, or go back home to your family or do whatever you need to get over it.

Q. 8 Should one disconnect completely with their ex to get over a broken relationship?

I don’t think that complete disconnect is good, because then it becomes very awkward if you meet the person again. It’s important to face reality and move on.

Q. 9 Is it true that emotions are rekindled once again on meeting an ex?

Of course, we are all human and tend to become emotional, but with time a lot of things can heal. So certain people continue to work together, while others can’t.

Q. 10 Is it possible to get back together, once a relationship is over?

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I don’t know about other people, but in my life I have not found that to be true. I am a very clear person and generally stick to my decisions. It also depends where life takes you.

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