Aparna Sen, film­maker and ac­tor, on women, friend­ship, films and mu­sic

India Today - - LEISURE - —with Malini Ban­er­jee

Q: Sonata re­volves around three women past their 50s who are friends. Women make good friends be­cause...

A: Well, het­ero­sex­ual women def­i­nitely do be­cause they avoid the pit­falls of a cou­ple. Les­bian women could do if they don’t have lovers’ spats. Jokes aside, I think friend­ship be­tween women is like a sis­ter­hood.

Q: You speak with an ac­cent in Sonata. What ac­cent is the most fun putting on?

A: The ones I find the eas­i­est are An­glo-In­dian and Tamil ac­cents.

Q: Your daugh­ter Konkona says she wasn’t al­lowed to watch DDLJ as a child... which books and films were you de­nied be­cause they were deemed too friv­o­lous?

A: We weren’t al­lowed comics be­cause they would make us lazy. Or any se­ri­alised nov­els that came out in mag­a­zines.

Q: A film you wish you had made?

A: (Ing­mar) Bergman’s The Sev­enth Seal. Is that too ob­scure? Maybe Fatih Akin’s Edge of Heaven. And The God­fa­ther se­ries.

Q: There’s a lot of wine in Sonata. Your favourite liquor?

A: I like red wine. Chi­anti, Bordeaux, Shi­raz... among sin­gle malts, I like Oban.

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