Konkona Sen Sharma in a ha ha mode with Rachana Dubey
So, The President is Coming to screen now?
(Laughs) Yeah, the movie is based on the play. The director Kunal Roy Kapur, writer, Anubav Pal, even 80 per cent of the cast is the same. But I saw the play only recently. I hadn’t see it before and couldn’t while we were filming because most of the actors were working with me on the movie.
Then what drew you to the project?
Well, of course, I liked the role. Maya Roy is this left wing intellectual, an upcoming novelist, who takes part in a competition organised to get some bright young Indians to meet George Bush.
The former American President came down to India once.. and that’s the premise of the play. It’s one of the funniest scripts I’ve read. While shooting we would laugh so much that there were times the director had to call “Cut” prematurely. But hey, I have a rather weird sense of humour.
You must have taken some creative liberties with the script?
You will have to ask this question to Kunal, Anubav and the producer, Rohan Sippy. Sippy Films have made some fabulous mainstream movies.. and now there’s this one.
Did you meet Chiti Ghosh, the actress who played Maya in the play?
Of course I did. And she took me by surprise.
Why the blink-and-miss appearance in Fashion?
Madhur (Bhandarkar) is a special friend. And I’m not walking the ramp. I’m just playing myself.
Dil Kabbadi brings you back with Irrfan Khan..
Sorry, I’m not with Irrfan, we hardly have any scenes together. He’s paired with Soha (Ali Khan) while I’m with Rahul Bose.
There’s the team of Rahul Khanna and Payal Rohatgi as well. Dil Kabaddi is an urban comedy about couples breaking up and reconciling. It’s based on one of Woody Allen’s movies. Can’t remember which one.
How come you are doing so many funny movies?
The ones I’m doing are funny from my perspective. It befuddles me why I was offered so many intense, intellectual movies when I don’t take myself seriously.
Will Shantaram ever happen?
(Sighs) Alas no, it’s shelved! But I am doing Wake Up Sid. Sunglass will also release sometime next year. Right ya Wrong is also ready.
There’s also Luck by Chance..
Yup, that should also release early next year. It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read. Zoya Akhtar has written it wonderfully.. just like her father Javed Akhtar. It’s not intentionally funny yet it’ll have you laughing. I play a struggling actress.
Your mother, Aparna Sen’s Jewellery Box is also ready to roll finally with Reliance taking over the project?
Yeah, we’re hoping to start shooting soon. Mum’s very happy.
And what about Gulel? Will that also be revived?
I have no clue.
Do you regret doing Aaja Nachle and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag?
Not at all, I loved them. I danced for the first time in these movies. And no one has a 100 per cent track record, right?
Will you ever work with Rani
Mukherji? You were barely on talking terms during Laaga..?
Nonsense, no one ever gave me a bad time. And if we get a good script, we may work together again.
Will you ever do another Yashraj movie given their recent spate of duds?
It would depend on the script and my role. The banner is not important but the role must be worth my time.
The buzz is that Ranvir Shorey and you are now officially engaged?
I don’t talk about my personal life to journalists.