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Konkona Sen Sharma on Deadline

Courtesy: IndiaFM
Friday, November 10, 2006
Konkona Sensharma didn't have to work hard or resort to any gimmicks to draw attention to herself. Her lineage and her first film created enough stir to generate curiosity around her. In Mr and Mrs Iyer she carried her character of innocent victim of circumstances with much convictions and ease. Along with Rahul Bose, she stood her ground easily. Some called her prodigy while some labeled it as pure stroke of luck. Came Page 3 and she put to shame even the very professional journalists with her easy portrayal of their joy, depression and confusion. After remarkable performances in films like 15 Park Avenue, Yun Hota To Kya Hota and Omkara, Konkona's next film Deadline releases this week.

What is your role in this film?
I am playing a very modern young mother to Princey (the child actor). She is kidnapped and the story is about the trauma of the young parents and their child.

Did you go into any preparation for this character?
There was no need to prepare because the role is simple. But hard work is always required. You don't need to prepare but one has to work as per the shift and be dedicated about it. I really liked the script and the character. And I was very excited about this role as well. I didn't need to do any homework or training for this film. I play a young and a modern mother whose daughter is kidnapped. Then she and her husband (Rajit Kapur) are given the Deadline of 24 hours to arrange for money and ransom. The whole film is based on this subject. So it is more about the drama. You don't need to prepare for such characters; you need to get into it.

You have usually worked in offbeat films and non-masala churning filmmakers. So how did you agree to work with director Tanveeer Khan?
Tanveer is very intelligent, supportive and has taken a lot of interest in this film. He knows exactly what he wants. His involvement in the film is very high. He has made this film very smoothly and without any hiccups. I have learned a lot with him. The script was so well written that in spite of being comparatively new, we could finish the film in three months. In fact we developed a very good rapport during the making of this film. After my every shot he would call it mind blowing and excellent. By the end of this film, by the time he would say 'mind' I would react with 'blowing'. It had become quite funny.

Didn't you feel any risk since this is just his second film and his first film Madhoshi was a failure?
See, risk is involved in every film and every director whether he is new or experienced. I think that the director needs to be good, one who can do justice with the script. And I have worked with many new directors. I think the script needs to be good and strong. It is a thriller suspense film and it has so many talented artistes. I have learnt a lot from them. The film is very tight and moves fast.

Irrfan Khan is a very seasoned artiste. Did you ever feel the need to work extra hard on yourself when you share the screen with him?
He is a very seasoned actor and it is great to work with him. There was no insecurity at all. After each shot I would ask him and he would guide me on how to improve a certain shot. It was good working with him.

You have worked with Sandhya Mridul earlier in Page 3. Was it a conscious decision to work with her again?
It is coincidence that we are together. Initially we both were very excited that we are again working together but we don't have even one scene together.

You didn't have any scenes with Irrfan either in Yun Hota To Kya Hota.
(Laughs) Coincidence!

Are you open to doing commercial films?
If by commercial film you mean a money-making film then it is not necessary that a big budget film will really be successful. It depends on the script, the role and the director.

Are you happy with the kind of films you are getting now?
Yes, they are good but I would prefer if films were not restricted by gender. There are so many good roles tailored for men and I would like to play them. Actor should not be limited due to their gender.

What irks you?
I can't stand it when people ask me questions like what I eat or what my fitness regime is. Just because it is expected that an actor should talk about it one should not give in to it.

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