It was a moment of vindication though she was not looking for one when Kalki Koechlin walked across the stage in Rashtrapati Bhavan to accept a well-earned honour for her role in Margarita with a Straw. This was a film that normalised and mainstreamed a cerebral palsy patient as a full-bodied, ferociously intelligent protagonist. The kind we have never seen before Kalki’s Laila looked life in the eye in the final scene and blew a kiss. When I spoke to her over the phone a few months ago for a radio interview, Kalki was shooting in McCluskiegunj, in Jharkhand for Konkona Sen Sharma’s debut film A Death in the Gunj. The interview could be done only around 9:30 on a Sunday night as her schedule was packed and this was possibly the only time she had to herself but she agreed to do it. Not asking once how the conversation would be packaged and where it would be used.