Konkona Sen Sharma is not just recognized because of her director mother anymore. Today she has carved a niche for herself and is recognized for her performance oriented roles. Her soon to be released film Metro is already getting her rave responses. The dark beauty talks about Metro, Yash Raj and life in Hindi cinema.
Omkara, Traffic Signal and now Metro. Your choice in Bollywood is quite interesting.
I am very glad that director Anurag Basu came to me for this film because I really enjoyed this film. When he narrated the subject to me I liked my role but I never imagined that it will come up as well as it has.
I guess Anurag had this whole thing in his head. And I like Anurag very much. I like Anurag's vibe. I have never seen any of his film. I had heard he is a good director. I just went with my instinct and decided to do it. And also another factor was that Irfan Khan was opposite me and I really like working with him. He is a very good actor.
You search for a prospective groom in Metro through matrimonial portals. That's actually justifies your Metropolitan character
Shruti is a young girl living and earning on her own in Bombay. But she is also one bit shy and under confident. She is looking for love but she doesn't know where to find it. So she goes to matrimony portals and she meets Irrfan. He turns out to be a very slimy guy in the beginning and she thinks 'oh god he is really staring at wrong places and saying all kinds of funny things'. He is a social misfit but slowly she tries to look beyond all that.
Will you be seen in another intense performance?
No. My role in Metro is very light hearted compared to some other films that I have done. My story is quite funny and perky though it's not hysterical or a sarcastic comedy.
How is Irrfan Khan as a co star?
I like him very much. I think we have a lot of respect for each other which is always very healthy. I really think he is a genius. He is one of the best actors we have. He can make any scene look good. He can make any actor look good.
You started your career with some non commercial films then you moved on to mainstream cinema. Now that you have gained recognition in commercial cinema, would you continue doing offbeat films?
I am also doing offbeat cinema simultaneously which you refer as non-commercial films. I continue to do it but people don't get to know about these because often they don't get a theatrical release as they are targeted at festival audience. Then some are in Bengali and others are in black and white like Dosar, which not many are interested in.