Back after shooting for Rituparno Ghosh’s Sunglass in the city, Konkona Sen Sharma took time out of her hectic schedule to chat about her forthcoming films. HT City, Kolkata caught up with the actor at her New Alipore flat.
With performances in films like Ek Je Ache Kanya, Titli, Mr & Mrs Iyer, Amu, Page 3, Dosar and Omkara, Konkona has earned the acclaim of being a versatile actor but she is modest about her achievements. Playing a mother in Deadline was difficult to enact and “not a cakewalk for me,” she says candidly.
But Deadline is special. The reason: “You are shooting for something that is supposed to happen in just 24 hours. And when you shoot for a long period of time it’s like you have to arrive every day for the shoot and give the same level of performance. It’s like you are growing through the film,” says Konkona, who plays Sanjana, whose seven-year-old daughter gets kidnapped.
Konkona says the film follows the regular pattern of a thriller and is not very different in terms of execution, as one has to maintain timing and pace.
“What makes it different is that there is a lot of emotion involved. And that’s what works. If there is no emotion involved, you really don’t care for the characters and don’t get involved with the story,” adds Konkona whose co-stars include Irrfan, Rajit Kapoor and Sandhya Mridul.
What lured her to the film were the narration and the fact that she has never done a thriller before. “And then there was Irrfan whom I am a very big fan of. Most of my scenes are with him. Another reason for doing the film was cinematographer Baba Azmi with whom I worked after a long time,” says
Konkona whose next after Deadline includes Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal where she does a cameo, Rituparno Ghosh’s bilingual Sunglass and Anurag Basu’s Metro.
“I am also doing Pradeep Sarkar’s next with Rani Mukerji and Jaya Bachchan,” adds the talented actor. Konkona is back working with her Page 3 director Bhandarkar in Traffic Signal. She plays a sex worker in the film.
“It was tough since it was very different from what I have done. Initially, I thought it would be okay since it involved just two-three days of work, but once I went to the sets, I realised it was something not in my realm of experience,” says Konkona who, just loved working with Jaya Bachchan in Sunglass.
Talk of Rituparno Ghosh and we remind her that her film with him Dosar will be screened at the 37th International Film Festival of India in Goa. However, she won’t be able to attend the festival as she would be busy shooting for Sarkar’s film in Benaras.
Five years in the industry, does Konkona want to go glam? “I don’t look at it that way. It all depends on the character,” she says.