Konkona Sen Sharma: I shot for a webisode without knowing what it meant
In a country captivated mostly by feature films, short films often struggle to find their place. Not anymore. Top-notch directors and actors are now attaching a lot of importance to the humble short and thanks to the rise of video sharing websites, it is finding a mainstream, global audience.
Konkona Sen Sharma takes a selfie
Now, Konkona Sen Sharma has added her name to this fast growing trend. She has shot for a 20-minute thriller titled 'Nayantara's Necklace' which is slated for a digital release later this month. hitlist catches up with the actress for a brief chat. Excerpts from the interview:
Q. As an actress, you are under constant media scrutiny. Do you aspire to lead a normal life like your character in Nayantara's Necklace?
A. I pretty much have a normal life. I don't feel like a star at all and I like that. People recognise me only when I step out wearing make-up and accompanied by my entourage. When I go out with my friends and dress casually, people don't even recognise me.
Q. Do you feel the industry is becoming increasingly receptive to alternative forms of cinema, especially short films?
A. Absolutely. Quite a few actors are supporting the art. Filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra deserve credit for making short films.
Q. Even mainstream actors are associating themselves with short films and promoting them extensively too…
A. Movie promotion is the latest fad. It's so difficult to market a film if you don't have a song in it.
Q. Five years down the line, where do you see the short film industry?
A. It's tough to predict as things change in the blink of an eye. I recently shot for a webisode without knowing what it meant. There's a lot of potential out there and for me, it's content above everything.
Q. You have a four-year-old son. How do you strike a balance between your personal and professional life?
A. It is difficult when you are working and have a child to take care of as well. It's a daily struggle to strike a fine balance, but everyone has a different way of handling both worlds. I feel inspired by millions of women who are do it everyday.