Konkona Sen Sharma is that underrated artist who is the master of her craft in every possible way right from direction to acting!
There are often some faces that you know you have seen way too much of but when it comes to retaining their name it might just take some time. And that is the case with Konkona Sen Sharma! Now, this statement might not be entirely true but for the longest time she was Page 3’s actress or Life in a Metro’s or Wake up Sid’s. But with her bodyline of work she, later on, attained a name for herself which meant that if she was in a film, it meant it was a valuable one. And even when she debuted as a director with a feature film she garnered success everywhere.
Daughter of an acclaimed filmmaker in parallel cinema, Aparna Sen, who started under the guise of Satyajit Ray, Konkona started her acting career with her mother in Bengali cinema. She found critical acclaim for her acting with Mr. and Mrs. Iyer while the commercial came with Madhur Bhandarkar’s Page 3. After that, she has done every kind of role from being the best-supporting actress in films like Omkara, Life In A Metro, Aaja Nachle, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag to leading in Luck By Chance, Wake Up Sid, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge. And then being part of some exceptionally great films with an ensemble cast like Talvar, Lipstick Under My Burkha, Ajeeb Daastaans, Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare while also doing cameos in Cargo, Fashion, 7 Khoon Maaf.
Though she made her directorial debut with a short film in Bengali Naamkoron, her Hindi feature film A Death in the Gunj made her won various accolades in film festivals and even was a commercial success with a release on Amazon Prime Video. And she recently made her OTT debut as well with a series called Mumbai Diaries 26/11. She is one of those few actresses who is exceptional at everything she does and maybe because not being a star she benefitted as she could jump from one thing to another quite easily.
Aisha from Wake Up Sid became an epitome for very young girl who wanted to come to Mumbai and live. And her characters from Page 3 and Luck By Chance opened up way too many secrets of the film industry. Her recent roles in Lipstick Under My Burkha and Dolly, Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare opened up a new world for female desires while her short Geeli Pucchi in Ajeeb Dastaans was the best portrayal of homosexuality with the noise of the caste system existing in India. And A Death in the Gunj became a pertinent portrayal of mental health.
So it is her choices that set her apart from everyone because she has never been one to follow a single straight path. She dabbles her hands with thousands of other things from directing to audiobooks to podcasts to many other things. She blends in with everything which makes her fit in anywhere and everywhere but she receives such low credibility in spite of being so fabulous.
But with time and with her choices she has crafted a niche for herself which gives her value in the sense that if she’s a part of a certain project you can expect it to be something completely different than usual yet something too valuable to be not missed upon. On that note, we only hope that we get to keep on seeing her and her projects even more in the future. We wish this exceptionally talented underrated gem, Konkona Sen Sharma a very Happy Birthday!
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