Ever since Konkona Sen Sharma ventured into acting, speculation has been rife that she would also try her hand at direction much like her National Award-winning mother Aparna Sen.
The actor has finally decided to step into the shoes of her mother and will be directing her debut indie film, Death In A Gunj. The script has been short-listed by the Script Lab of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). "It's too early to comment but the film is set in 1979. It's an unconventional, dark film set in McCluskieganj (Jharkhand). It's not a formulaic, commercial film. So, raising funds for the film will be difficult and I am yet to decide on the cast. I've already written the script. I will start shooting for the film as and when I manage to raise fund," says Konkona. She was last seen in the supernatural thriller, Ek Thi Daayan in 2013.
However, the actor, who is presently in Kolkata for the promotion of her new Bengali film based on Byomkesh Bakshi, Sajarur Kanta, says indie films in India are in a sorry state. "If you manage to get a star producer such as Karan Johar or Kiran Rao to associate with your indie film, then it helps in reaching out to a wider audience. So, in a way we are stuck in the Bollywood star grading system," says Konkona, who has completed shooting for Meghna Gulzar's Nyodda, which also stars Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Neeraj Kabi.
When asked why she isn't seen in mainstream Bollywood movies despite the success of films such as Wake Up Sid (2009) and Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010), and the she says, "I took a break after the birth of my son Haroon in 2011. Also, I don't get offers for mainstream Bollywood films. Wake Up Sid was itself an aberration for me. If you look at my filmography I have done only a few mainstream films. That's not the kind of cinema I am known for. I am known for independent cinema," she says.
Konkona also shares that just like she used to accompany her mother on the set of films as a child, Haroon too goes to the film sets with her. "He is getting used to it now. He accompanies both his father (Ranvir Shorey) and me to the sets," says Konkona, who will be seen playing a 60-year-old in Ananth Mahadevan's Gaur Hari Daastan.