‘Art­house films not yet a sus­tain­able model in In­dia’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Konkona Sen Sharma, who made her di­rec­to­rial de­but last year with A Death in the Gunj which bagged sev­eral awards, says that she has been for­tu­nate with the kind of re­sponse she got for the movie, both on home ground as well as on in­ter­na­tional plat­forms.

But she says that mak­ing art­house films in the movie space is not yet a sus­tain­able model in In­dia.

“I think that I was for­tu­nate with my first film. But it is not yet a sus­tain­able model. I am in a po­si­tion of huge priv­i­lege ... hav­ing been an ac­tor and also be­cause my fam­ily’s as­so­ci­a­tion with the in­dus­try,” Sen Sharma says.

She adds, “But I won­der what it would be like for my next film, I won­der what it would be like for some­one else who has not been an ac­tor be­fore be­com­ing a di­rec­tor. I do not think that there is any go-to model for these films. It is more about luck and good­will.”

Topics that are dark in na­ture at­tract Sen Sharma’s at­ten­tion. “I am in­ter­ested in things that are un­ex­plored, un­com­fort­able, dark. If ev­ery­thing is light and happy then it is a lit­tle bor­ing,” she says smil­ingly.

She says, “When I was writ­ing it, I did not think that it would nec­es­sar­ily get made or I would get the funds for it. But I knew that if any­body came for­ward to pro­duce the film, it would have to be [in col­lab­o­ra­tion with] like­minded peo­ple.”

She adds, “There are not a lot of peo­ple, but there are some of us [in the In­dian film in­dus­try], who are in­ter­ested in a dif­fer­ent kind of con­tent.”

Talk­ing about the film where a group of fam­ily mem­bers bully the pro­tag­o­nist Shutu, as he does not con­form to many of their gen­eral ideas, Sen Sharma says that she as­so­ci­ated a lot with the char­ac­ter.

“I feel a lot of my­self in all the char­ac­ters [in the film], but par­tic­u­larly in Shutu,” she says.

Sen Sharma, born to writerj-our­nal­ist Mukul Sharma and pro­lific ac­tor-di­rec­tor Aparna Sen, says that she did not feel the pres­sure of ex­pec­ta­tions while mak­ing her di­rec­to­rial de­but as she chose not to think about it much. “I just kind of let the story drive me. For a long time, I was re­ally quiet about it. I wanted to make the film be­cause it in­ter­ested me. I made the film be­cause I felt com­pelled to,” she adds.

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Konkona Sen Sharma made her di­rec­to­rial de­but with A Death in the Gunj

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