Konkona Sen-Sharma is really going places. After taking the elusive
Tabu's place in Zoya Akhtar's directorial debut Luck By Chance,
Konkona is treading into Tabu's territory once again. Konkona will
play a small but vital part in Mira Nair's Shantaram.It would be
recalled that Konkona was Mira Nair's initial choice for the
much-lauded Namesake. The actress begged off for date's sake. Tabu
Contrary to the flights of fancy in certain media circles about
Mira Nair"s ambitious adaptation of Gregory David Roberts'
bestseller Shantaram being aborted due to Johnny Depp"s fancy fee,
the project is very much on.
with her usual chortle of incredulity talk back home, Mira says,
"Alas, We have been stalled temporarily due to the crippling nature
of the writers' strike in Hollywood. Johnny Depp assures me that
this is just a pause, and that we'll rev up to go again once the
strike is resolved. I"ve spent a year of creative endeavour in
realising Shantaram, so I look forward to the time when it will all
The cast which initially boasted of Bachchan with Depp now has,
among others, the rapidly-rising Konkona Sen in a very special
role. Divulges Mira, "In addition to Johnny Depp and Amitabh
Bachchan, I'd confirmed Irrfan Khan in a major role and Konkona Sen
for a one big dramatic scene. I've also been in talks with
Prabhudeva, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade and Ranvir Sheorey. I'd
also love to work with Pankaj Kapoor. We have such an extraordinary
bunch of great actors in India!"
Mira should know. She worked with a slew of them in her
career-defining musical Monsoon Wedding. And now as Shantaram gets
shifted to end of 2008, Mira prepares to do a Broadway-styled stage
adaptation of Monsoon Wedding.