There is a lot of sexism at play in Bollywood: Konkona Sen
With Meghan Gulzar’s Talvar, Konkona Sensharma working with a woman director, for the third time. She believes that there is a lot of sexism in Bollywood and “plenty needs to be done” about that.bollywood Updated: Sep 21, 2015 12:18 IST
Konkana Sensharma will soon be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Talvar alongwith Irrfan Khan and Neeraj Kabi. She has worked with several female directors in her career (Aparna Sen directed Mr And Mrs Iyer, 2002; Zoya Akhtar helmed Luck By Chance, 2009). So, when Konkona says that it is wrong to believe that women can deal with certain subjects on the big screen with far more sensitivity than men can, one can take her word for it.
“I have met many men who are sensitive, and vice versa. We shouldn’t generalise. The problem is that there are not enough women directors. There is plenty to be done about that. There is a lot of sexism at play, with people taking decisions at a corporate level,” she says.
Last week, Konkana and Ranvir Shorey formally announced their separation on Twitter. The news, incidentally, came only weeks before the release of her next with Meghan Gulzar, Talvar. Usually, actors avoid making such announcements — especially those personal in nature — at a time when they’re required to be accessible to the media (she is currently promoting the film). But Konkona is least bothered, and refuses to talk about the matter. “What I had to say I said on Twitter, so I am not going to address that,” she says, matter-of-factly. There is a chance that the industry, and the audience at large, may dismiss the announcement of her separation from Ranvir as a publicity stunt. But she remains unfazed. “People are free to think what they want to think; that is none of my business,” says Konkona.
The only thing on the actor’s mind right now is her upcoming film that revolves around the Aarushi Talwar murder case. “We will showcase three scenarios of the story; I hadn’t done something like this before,” she says, adding that she doesn’t have any bias in mind, with regards to who the real culprit is in this case. “There are many people who are convinced about the case. I don’t how it is possible to come to a clear conclusion as there is a lot of ambiguity. We are not here to solve a case,” she says.
With films like Not A Love Story (2011; based on the Neeraj Grover murder case) and No One Killed Jessica (2011; based on the Jessica Lal murder case), it is clear that real-life crime stories fascinate Bollywood. The latest case in point is the recent Sheena Bora murder. The investigation is still underway, but that hasn’t kept some producers from announcing several films based on the same.
Although Konkana’s upcoming film, Talvar, also falls under this category, she says its purpose is to do a lot more than just tell a story. “Heinous crimes happen all over the world. But every now and then, one such case catches the eye and gets highlighted. I guess it’s the media frenzy that adds to it. TV news channels just want to grab eyeballs. As for the films being made, that is up to the filmmakers. I know ours highlights the incompetency of the system,” she says.
This film has been co-produced by Vishal Bhardwaj, who, interestingly, has worked with the actor on several movies including Omkara (2006), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) and Ek Thi Daayan (2013). Talking about their association, she says, “When he is involved, you are assured of a certain standard. You know that the film will turn out okay. He is a gentle person, unlike other directors who scream and shout on the sets. Shooting is a stressful environment.”