Q&A WITH APARNA SEN
Aparna Sen, filmmaker and actor, on women, friendship, films and music
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.