Com­mer­cial films don’t at­tract Konkona

Ac­tor Konkona Sen Sharma is happy skip­ping the glam­orous roles in Bol­ly­wood masala films

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Ac­tor Konkona Sen Sharma’s (left) work in con­tent driven films such as Page 3 (2005) and Tal­var (2015) has turned her into a bank­able star, and prob­a­bly that’s why she has no re­grets about not do­ing glam­orous roles in Bol­ly­wood masala films.

“I have done all kinds of films in my ca­reer, but I was never brought up watch­ing main­stream films or iden­ti­fy­ing with the Hindi com­mer­cial cin­ema of the 80s or 90s. It is not some­thing that I nat­u­rally iden­ti­fied with or was even in­clined to­wards. So, I don’t think we were a good fit for each other,” says Konkona, who won a Na­tional Award for the movie, Mr And Mrs Iyer (2002).

“Al­though I have done some in­ter­est­ing roles in com­mer­cial films, for which I am grate­ful, I have to do other work too, so as to be true to my­self,” she adds.

Konkona, who has been part of main­stream films such as Life in a … Metro (2007), Aaja Nachle (2007) and Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010), is happy with the kind of place she has made for her­self in the industry.

“I know the kind of industry we are work­ing in. I did not come here think­ing that every­thing is go­ing to be amaz­ing. I know the industry is mar­ket driven and ex­tremely star driven in terms of key de­ci­sion­mak­ing. Within that, I have found a space of my own and I am very happy with that,” she says. How­ever, she does agree that cer­tain things need to change when it comes to film­mak­ing. “There has to be a space for some kind of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and risk-tak­ing in our cin­ema. Some­times, be­ing as­so­ci­ated with a par­tic­u­lar genre can be good, but it should not de­fine pa­ram­e­ters. Even if there is one film that just might pro­vide some­thing dif­fer­ent and fresh, we im­me­di­ately start talk­ing about trends,” she says.

I was never brought up watch­ing main­stream films or iden­ti­fy­ing with Hindi com­mer­cial films of the 80s or 90s Konkona Sen Sharma, ac­tor

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