‘There’s lack of hon­esty in pre­sent­ing women on screen’

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The world of In­dian cinema might be brim­ming with sto­ries, churn­ing out 1,000 films a year, but ac­tor Konkona Sen­sharma (above) feels it still needs to find a bal­ance on the gen­der scale. The ac­tor-direc­tor feels that there aren’t enough women film­mak­ers and var­ied roles for women in Bol­ly­wood.

“There is not enough va­ri­ety in terms of rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women and there isn’t much hon­esty in terms of rep­re­sent­ing women in terms of fe­male char­ac­ters on screen,” says Konkona.

How­ever, the ac­tor be­lieves that the graph of the skewed sex ra­tio in the in­dus­try is chang­ing for good. “We are go­ing for­ward. They are mak­ing small steps. It is good that we are self-re­flect­ing upon it. We are be­ing aware of th­ese things and talk­ing about it and that is im­por­tant,” says the ac­tor.

From Mr and Mrs Iyer (2002) to Wake Up Sid (2009), the 37-year-old has al­ways picked strong fe­male roles to nar­rate sto­ries that spread a mes­sage. Though she be­lieves that just ad­dress­ing so­cial is­sues in a film isn’t enough. “We don’t want a film which is just a mes­sage film. The film has to be good,” says Konkona, who also high­lights the fact that the fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided for women aren’t ad­e­quate. “Be­fore van­ity vans, there were hardly any bath­rooms for women to use, es­pe­cially out­doors. En­vi­ron­ment has to be women-friendly,” she adds.

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