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