Melinda Gates 'Grateful' to Kalki Koechlin for Women's Empowerment Video

By Duchess Magazine

Kalki is known for her work in fims like Margarita, With A Straw andDev.D

Actress Kalki Koechlin is elated after a letter from activist Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, praising her for bringing attention to the violence and discrimination against women through a thought provoking poem.
Kalki, who has also been selected for a National Film Award this year, featured in Culture Machine’s Unblushed series for women’s lifestyle channel Blush.
In the five-minute-long video Printing Machine, the actress recites a monologue written by her on society and media. She is seen talking about media, society and their approach towards women and crimes against them. The video has been directed by Akanksha Seda.
Kalki says the director should be lauded for the video.
“Culture Machine taking ‘The Printing Machine’ as far as Melinda Gates’ personal computer is social media machinery at its best. I just want to say the magic of my director Akanksha should be held highly responsible,” Kalki said in a statement.
On Instagram, Kalki shared a letter she received from Melinda. It read: “Dear Ms Koechlin: I appreciate your taking the time to join me in a discussion on empowering women and girls in India. Your video poem, ‘The Printing Machine’, was powerful and thought provoking. Thank you for bringing attention to violence and discrimination against women. Your voice helps bring much needed attention and support to these issues – and I am grateful for your efforts. It was a pleasure meeting you during my visit”.

Melinda and Bill have worked towards improving equality around the world including India. Melinda has made efforts for empowering women in the country.

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