‘My mother isn’t my com­pe­ti­tion’

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Ac­tor Konkona Sen, Sharma, (right) who just made her di­rec­to­rial de­but, is not both­ered by com­par­isons with her mother, vet­eran film­maker Aparna Sen.

“Even when I started act­ing, peo­ple would come up with these com­par­isons. But that’s how they think. It’s not how we think. I can’t think of her as com­pe­ti­tion,” says Konkona. “She is the pioneer and I’m re­ally happy to fol­low in her foot­steps. I am glad she was there to carry the torch first,” she says.

The 37-year-old ac­tor says that she isn’t nat­u­rally a com­pet­i­tive or am­bi­tious per­son. “Re­gard­less, I have high stan­dards for my­self, which I of­ten don't meet. That's my own tragedy,” Konkona adds.

Set in late 1970’s, Konkona’s film is about a Ben­gali up­per­mid­dle class fam­ily who come to Mc­Clusk­ie­ganj from Cal­cutta for a fam­ily va­ca­tion. How­ever, things take a deadly turn. Asked why she chose this par­tic­u­lar time pe­riod, Konkona says she finds the year 1979 ro­man­tic. “It sounds mag­i­cal to me. It's the era. I love the ’70s. I love the sen­si­bil­ity of the time and I feel ev­ery­thing changed from the year 1980. A Death in the Gunj feels like that kind of a film. It's like from a time which doesn’t ex­ist any­more,” she adds. The film also stars Ran­vir Shorey, Tanuja, Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koech­lin, and Jim Sarbh.

PHOTO: YO­GEN SHAH

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