Kalki Koechelin had to go through quite a transformation for her role in Shanghai as director Dibakar Banerjee wanted her to look ugly yet adorable.The brief given by her director was quite simple – ‘Look ugly’. However, it was nothing short of a nightmare to actually realise the filmmaker’s vision.
“Dibakar wanted me to look ugly and vulnerable. The first thing that he did was chop my hair and make it really short.Then he gave me these clothes that were really grungy with jagged T-shirts and all. I wasn’t allowed to look very comfortable or feminine,” she says.
Dibakar encouraged the actress to change her looks by giving the examples of Emraan Hashmi and Abhay Deol who have gone through a similar transformation for their roles.