I HATED THE PRES­SURE OF LOOK­ING A CER­TAIN WAY

Ac­tor Konkona Sen Sharma says it wasn’t easy for her to con­form to set norms in Bol­ly­wood; the stress made her cry very of­ten

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri.na­yar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It may sur­prise Konkona Sen Sharma’s fans that the ac­tor who stunned ev­ery­one with her flaw­less per­for­mances in films such as Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Page 3 and Omkara didn’t en­joy act­ing at all in the be­gin­ning. It took a while for her to ad­just.

“Act­ing has not been a smooth sail­ing jour­ney. I never wanted to be an ac­tor. Till my third film, I didn’t imag­ine that I would con­tinue act­ing. I didn’t like it at all. It was only after three films that I be­came com­fort­able with act­ing,” says Konkona.

The pres­sure to look a cer­tain way also got on her nerves. “I was very un­happy. I used to cry reg­u­larly. I felt a lot of pres­sure to look a cer­tain way. I was just very un­com­fort­able with the whole sit­u­a­tion. Even­tu­ally, things changed. I don’t know how and when, but it changed,” she says. Konkona re­calls that while act­ing in a Ben­gali film that was a re­make of a Hollywood film, she had a dif­fi­cult time turn­ing her­self into the char­ac­ter. “I had to be thin. My hair was curly, which I never en­joyed. Your body is not your own when you are act­ing in a film. It be­comes your char­ac­ter’s body. Ev­ery­one sees you like that and builds up per­cep­tions of you that have noth­ing to do with you. It took me get­ting used to that,” says the 37-year-old ac­tor.

After Konkona Sen Sharma had her son, she shot for Gaur Hari Das­taan, in which she played a 60year-old woman. Dur­ing that time, she had an in­ner awak­en­ing. “I re­mem­ber driv­ing to shoot. I could see those big lights. The makeup mir­ror and the lights gave me a sense of be­long­ing and home. Along the way, I did re­alise how I had started to love this,” she says.

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