All about Konkona

IT'S IN her DNA. With an actress mother like Aparna Sen and a film critic grandfather like Chidananda Dasgupta, there was no way that Konkona Sen-Sharma could have the creative gene missing in her. Her debut vehicle Mr & Mrs Iyer with Rahul Bose...

By N Anandhi (Contributor)

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Published: Mon 23 Jul 2007, 10:10 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:12 AM

konkacreated a flutter, paving the way for her to do more meaningful roles later in films like Page 3, Amu, Omkara, Traffic Signal and 15 Park Avenue. Her debut film itself won her a National Award and Konkona hasn't found the time to look back since. Her latest appearance, in Life In A Metro, had her in a lighter role which stole the show all the same. A chat with the petite actress.

Life In A Metro was a little different from the roles you usually do. What prompted you to take that role on?

The director, Anurag Basu. When I was offered a role in Anurag's film, I did not hesitate for a minute, even though I had never worked with him earlier. I heard so much about him from the industry grapevine that I couldn't resist saying yes to him when he offered me the role. As I expected, the film did very well and I am very satisfied with my role and my performance in it.

Are you happy with the direction your career has taken?

So far, I have done 18 films, both Bengali and Hindi. I try to balance my career in such a way that I get to do both art films and mainstream cinema. As far as success is concerned, yes I have a long way to go. I have not managed to strengthen my position yet because there are some films I did that aren't in public consciousness. But in the end, I firmly believe that the success of a film or not is a game of luck and chance. No one can predict what will work and what won't. This is especially true for Bollywood.

On what basis do you select your films?

I take my own decisions after careful consideration. The script is very important and I also consider the director, co-actors and the budget of the film before accepting a role.

Many of your films have been under your mother Aparna Sen. What is it like working under her?

I have always given priority to mama's films. Working with her has both advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage is that we understand each other well. This helps a lot when I need to enact a scene because I know exactly what she expects out of it.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I haven't given my future much thought but in the near future, I have some films lined up. There's Rituparno Ghosh Sunglass, Pradip Sarkar's Laga Chunari Mein Daag, and Madhuri Dixit's comeback film Aaja Nachle. I hope the audiences like my roles in these films the way they have in my past films.



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