There was a lot of talk about the age gap between Ranbir Kapoor, 34, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 43, when they were paired in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil this year. The difference in age was also highlighted when Ranbir acted opposite Konkona Sen Sharma, 37, in Wake Up Sid (2009).
Ask Konkona if the Indian audience is accepting the idea of older women romancing younger men in movies, and she says, “All these things don’t matter if the story is told well. The audience will accept films that have an engaging story. Wake Up Sid was accepted by the audiences because it was a well-made film. Even if the characters were of the same age, it would have worked.”
Besides acting, Konkona has also explored film-making with a project starring Kalki Koechlin, Om Puri and Jim Sarbh, among others. The actor says that direction was never part of her plan. “It was the story that I wanted to tell. I started developing the story in my mind, and it happened in a very natural and organic manner. Directing the film was a good experience. Of course, I was anxious in the early stages. I knew that it wasn’t a conventional mainstream film. That was a bit of a challenge,” she says.
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The actor’s next project also features Ratna Pathak Shah. Konkona says she had a “fabulous” time working with the Kapoor & Sons actor. “I really admire her. She’s one of the best actors that we have. You feel like you can’t talk to an actor because they are senior to you, but that wasn’t the case with Ratna. She is truly so inspiring. Also, after a point, age really doesn’t matter. If people can connect [with each other], age is just a small part of our identity,” says Konkona.