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Konkona is all praises for Rani

The actress talks about her future projects, her passions and her admiration for the Bengali beauty.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 19:50 IST

Actress Konkona Sen Sharma, who is busy juggling dates for the producers queuing outside her doorstep, says she wouldn't mind losing the National Award to Rani Mukerji.

"Rani in Black is simply outstanding. She must get it. I have already got one for Mr & Mrs Iyer. So even if I miss it for 15 Park Avenue I wouldn't be heartbroken," Konkona said.

Apart from acting, Konkona loves travelling and tries to squeeze in short trips in her over busy shooting schedule. Recently she went to Spain and says it has become one of her favourite holiday spots.

 

 Konkona wouldn't mind losing National Award

"Spain is my current favourite. I love to travel. And I often do so alone. I love the feeling of a new place. I make friends quite easily. I was in Japan recently on my own. And I made a couple of life-long friends. Travelling broadens my horizon for sure."

She's so often out of the country she could well be the Preity Zinta of the avante garde cinema.

"Is she (Preity) out of the country so often? I don't know. I love travelling alone. I have just returned from Spain. I was on the jury for the Asian Film Festival. It was the first time on a jury for me and I had a great time catching up with films I hadn't seen. Believe it or not, it actually rained in Spain, ha!"

After Spain, Konkona went to the US for two festivals in Pittsburgh and Maryland where two of her films Amu and 15 Park Avenue were shown.

She returned from the US in the last week of May and headed straight for Karjat to join Madhur Bhandarkar's Traffic Signal.

"It was a four-day cameo. I had a tough time accommodating the dates. But I couldn't say no to Madhur. Look at what he did in Page 3. And I wouldn't want to say no anyway to a role like this.

"It's a really challenging role of a prostitute. I'd a nice challenge to get the body language and lingo in place."

Considering how saucily Sharmila Tagore, Shabana Azmi and Preity Zinta played a tart in Gulzar's Mausam, Lekh Tandon's Doosri Dulhan and Abbas-Mustan's Chori Chori Chupke Chupke respectively, Konkona has a hard act to follow up.

"It required me to be street-smart spunky and sassy and earthy. I haven't done these things in any of my roles."

She has another cameo in Vishal Bhardawaj's Omkara.

"I'm cast opposite Saif Ali Khan, can you believe it? It's not a big role. But it's interesting enough."

She's kicked about Rituparno Ghosh's Sunglass which starts shooting in July.

"Because I always enjoy working with Rituda. My just-released Dosar was very interesting. I am so lucky to have done a black-and-white film in this day and age. I liked my character because 'she doesn't get cowed down by her husband's infidelity. She fights it out.

"And Sunglass is my first bilingual so I get to speak in Hindi and Bengali. Both are languages I am not completely at home in.

"Since my leading man changes in the two versions I'd get an interesting perception on the same theme through two different languages and co-stars."