‘Konkona Sen Sharma’ Interview
You’ve always said that 15 Park Avenue has given you your best role so far. Are you disappointed that you didn’t get the National Award for the Best Actress for this film? “I am happy that the film has bagged the National Award for the best English film and I am also happy that Sarika has bagged the Best Actress award for Parzania, a film based on the Gujarat riots. So far, four films I have worked in ’ Mr & Mrs Iyer, Ammu, Page 3 and 15 Park Avenue ’ have bagged national awards. This only makes me happy. Whether I get the award for the best actress does not matter.”
“I am happy that the film has bagged the National Award for the best English film and I am also happy that Sarika has bagged the Best Actress award for Parzania, a film based on the Gujarat riots. So far, four films I have worked in ’ Mr & Mrs Iyer, Ammu, Page 3 and 15 Park Avenue ’ have bagged national awards. This only makes me happy. Whether I get the award for the best actress does not matter.”The last few films you have signed are multi-starrers. What gives you the confidence that you will be able to make your presence felt?
“I do not sign films seeing who else is working in it or whether I will be able to make my presence felt. For instance, I signed Yun Hota To Kya Hota because I wanted to work with Naseeruddin Shah and the same goes for Vishal Bharadwaj. I also go by the storyline and it’s only much later, I come to know about my co-actors. So whether it is a multi-starrer or not it does not really matter.”
Was it difficult for you to master the dialect in Omkara?
“I cannot speak Hindi well, on top of that, I had to speak that dialect. I was really nervous and had to work on the language and accent before I could face the camera. It wasn’t easy.”
You are doing a balancing act between commercial and so-called parallel films. What’s the difference?
“There is no difference as such, apart from the budget maybe. A bigger financial backing does make a difference to the production, but as far the concept and the content goes, I do not think it makes a difference. I have seen its possible to make a good production in a limited budget.”
Now you have made a place for yourself in Mumbai, how important is glamour to you?
“It entirely depends on what kind of role you are doing. If its a glamourous role, then you have to fit the bill and if it is a deglamourised role, then you have to look so.”
Be it your looks or your acting skills, have you tried to change anything consciously?
“I have changed my attitude. When I did Ek Je Acche Kanya, I was not at all sure whether I will take up acting as my profession. I am more professional in my attitude now.”
Is it true that you are dating Ranvir Shourey?
I never talk about my personal life.
At this juncture of your career do you think you are more famous than your mother Aparna Sen?
“First, I do not think it matters who is more famous and who is less. And fame and talent do not always go hand in hand. There are plenty of people who are famous, but have no talent. My mother has been around much longer and has been doing some brilliant work.”