‘Mother is not my competition’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 May 2017 08:29:33

Actress Konkona Sensharma is making her directorial debut with A Death in the Gunj and she says comparisons with her mother, veteran filmmaker Aparna Sen, do not bother her as she cannot think of her as a competition.

“Even when I started acting, the journalists themselves would come up with these comparisons. But that’s how people think. It’s not how we think. I can’t think of her as a competition. She is the pioneer and I’m really happy to follow in her footsteps. I am glad she was there to carry the torch first. You cannot control how other people see you. And that’s totally valid,” Konkona told PTI.

The 37-year-old actress says she is not as driven as she is expected to be but has “high standards” for herself. “I am naturally not a competitive or ambitious person anyway. Regardless, I have high standards for myself, which I often don’t meet. That’s my own tragedy.”

Konkona says she knew she had to be specific with choices regarding her debut film as being a small-budget and off-beat project, the actress did not have the luxury to try things out.
“What happens is you don’t have the luxury to try things out. You have to go with a plan. And then may be there are some moments which are magical or spontaneous - which are very few in this film,” she says.

Set in late 1970’s, the story is about Bengali upper middle class people, who have come to McCluskieganj from Calcutta on a family vacation gone wrong. Konkona says she finds the year 1979 “romantic”. “It sounds magical to me. It’s the era. I love the ‘70s. I love the sensibility of the time and I feel everything changed from the year 1980. It all became different. A Death in the Gunj feels like that kind of a film. It’s like from a certain time that doesn’t exist anymore,” she says.
The film, starring Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey, Tanuja, Jim Sarbh and late actor Om Puri, releases on June 2.