‘Bol­ly­wood’s ob­ses­sion with beauty irks me’

Ac­tor Konkona Sen Sharma says that she would love to see some older women es­say im­por­tant roles on the big screen

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If Bol­ly­wood’s fix­a­tion with fe­male ac­tors’ age and beauty both­ers you, join the club. Ac­tor

Konkona Sen Sharma (above) isn’t pleased with it ei­ther. Known for her pow­er­ful per­for­mances and in­tel­li­gent choice of roles, the 35-year-old says: “I wish that Bol­ly­wood weren’t so youth and beauty ob­sessed when it comes to women. I think it is very ‘un­der rep­re­sen­ta­tive’ of women in their 30s. It seems that the ideal age for a Bol­ly­wood hero­ine is 24, which is great, but it would be nice to see some older women too on the big screen.”

Konkona, who won ap­plause for her act­ing in the re­cently-re­leased film, Tal­var, ques­tions this thought process. “Who are these peo­ple who are tak­ing these de­ci­sions of cast­ing only young ac­tors in films? It is the film­mak­ers and the film pro­duc­ers. I don’t know if that is what the au­di­ence wants be­cause I re­ally be­lieve that masses re­spond to a good story,” asks the ac­tor, who has given crit­i­cally-ac­claimed per­for­mances in movies such as Page 3 (2005), Mr and Mrs Iyer (2002) and Omkara (2006).

“I think most of the times there is a dis­con­nect be­tween au­di­ence and film­mak­ers. I think the peo­ple who make these key de­ci­sions have a cer­tain no­tion of what will work and they don’t want to take any kind of risk, adds the ac­tor who won a Na­tional Award for Best Ac­tress in 2002 for Mr and Mrs Iyer.

Although she has been part of main­stream films such as Mixed Dou­bles (2006) and Aaja Nachle (2007), the ac­tor has done films in the Ben­gali film in­dus­try as well, and she is very con­tent with her se­lec­tion of work. “I think given the choices that were avail­able to me, I don’t think there were any huge gaps that I would want to fill. I picked up the best of what I got,” says Konkona, who re­cently an­nounced her sep­a­ra­tion from hus­band, ac­tor Ran­vir Shorey.

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