Konkona Sen-Sharma is playing a lesbian in her new film The President Is Coming. But the truth is something else. It's not at all like Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das's serious take on lesbianism in Fire. It's actually more like Dostana. Konkona's character pretends to be a lesbian to get her own way.
She informs, "The President Is Coming is a very funny mock-documentary I cracked up when I was doing it. It's a marketing strategy for the film, and I don't mind. The film's release got postponed because of 26/11. I was in Rajasthan when it happened, and was really very worried when I saw the news on TV. So, though I was lucky not to be harmed, I was shocked and disgusted…The film didn't matter at that moment. But my other film Dil Kabbaddi got released, soon after the 26/11 incident. Some people liked the film, but not too many, I admit."
Though she worked throughout the whole of last year, she didn't have too many releases. It's because Rituparno Ghosh's Sunglass and The President Is Coming got delayed. She's a lot to look forward to with the The President Is Coming and Luck By Chance.
She adds, "Now I've Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance. Zoya had written the script so long ago. She knew what she wanted. I play a starlet. It's quite funny. My character is the lead in B-graders and is also the 'hero ki behen'. I had to keep dressing in different costumes. While one day I was a junior artiste of the 1930's, the very next day I was a nurse! Like Farhan's character, I too play a struggler in my own right."
She has Wake Up Sid with Ranbir Kapoor in June. She says it's the impact of a role and the director that matters to her more than anything else. Looks like Koko is and will always try to remain unique and unusual.