Konkona’s mom didn’t let her watch com­mer­cial films

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Crit­i­cally-ac­claimed ac­tor Konkona Sen Sharma (left) says her “mid­dle-of-the-road” sen­si­bil­i­ties on movies come from the fact that as a child, she was not al­lowed to watch com­mer­cial en­ter­tain­ers — ei­ther in Hindi or Ben­gali.

The daugh­ter of cel­e­brated film­maker Aparna Sen (inset), Konkona says, “I did not re­ally grow up watch­ing com­mer­cial Hindi films or Ben­gali films. My mother did not al­low me to watch it. So, I have al­ways watched dif­fer­ent kinds of films and my sen­si­bil­i­ties lie with more mid­dle-of-the-road sen­si­ble kind of cin­ema. So that re­flects in my films as well.”

Konkona will be seen in a biopic on Gour Hari Das, por­tray­ing the role of the free­dom fighter’s wife Lak­shmi Das. The film was re­cently screened at the Lon­don In­dian Film fes­ti­val, New York In­dian Film Fes­ti­val, Venice Film Fes­ti­val and has al­ready won an award at Ex­trav­a­gant In­dia Film Fes­ti­val in Paris.

“To a cer­tain ex­tent, the in­ter­na­tional re­turn stamp does work. Af­ter all, these films are niche films that have very lit­tle pub­lic­ity. They don’t have the bud­get to do the mar­ket­ing in such a way that it reaches ev­ery­body,” says Konkana. “Many peo­ple don’t know about it, so film fes­ti­vals do help in terms of pub­lic­ity. That way, peo­ple across the world get to watch such films. It is great for such films which don’t have much funds to be­gin with,” she adds.

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