Kalki's debut in the Indian cinema happened with 'Narthaki', a very powerful and offbeat Tamil feature film produced by S.G.Films and directed by G.Vijayapadma.She did the lead role in playing the protaganist in the film. Interestingly, her name in the fim was also Kalki. Kalki's pefomance in the film was critically acclaimed by the media. Noted actress and film maker Suhasini Maniratnam hailed her performance as 'the jewel in the crown'. The New Indian Express in its review wrote 'Kalki carries her alternate sexuality with grace and confidence' in the film.