Kalki Koechlin’s International Women’s Day Monologue is Extraordinary


This video of Kalki Koechlin’s International Women’s Day performance at the India Today 2014 Conclave has quickly become one of our favorite performances in recent memory.

“Well, hello everybody, thank you for giving me your time. I’m going to share with you a little nursery rhyme,” said Koechlin as she began her rhyming monologue while clad in a fluffy white bathrobe.

Koechlin then proceeds to breaks down everything from religion, unrealistic beauty standards, and historical events over the next 20 minutes, rhyming the whole time.

We’ve listed some of the most memorable sections below:

On the Draupadi story:

Five husbands! That can’t be fun
God knows — everyone knows — I had enough trouble with just one.

On beauty:

Sometimes I just want an oversized T shirt, boxer shorts, unkempt hair and unibrows.
I want armpit hair long enough to plait,
I want a clean face without a trace of make up
I want to look the way I do when I wake up.

Alas, the video on the India Today website isn’t embeddable, but you can watch it here or read the full transcript of Koechlin’s monologue courtesy of IBN Live.

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