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Interview

Konkona Sensharma hopes to continue acting and directing


She hopes to release her directorial debut, A Death In The Gunj, starring Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir Shorey, next year. On her birthday today (3 December), Cinestaan.com caught up with Sensharma and her plans for the coming year.

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Konkona Sensharma’s directorial debut, A Death In The Gunj, was the opening film at the 18th Mumbai Film Festival last month. It was the third stop for the film after screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

The film received a rousing reception at Toronto, Canada, where it had its world premiere at the restored Elgin Theatre with its grand domed ceiling. Sensharma was watching the film with an audience for the first time.

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Cinestaan.com asked Sensharma about the thrilling drama and its possible reception in India after being warmly accepted abroad. She said, “I really don’t know how that would be. It depends on the audience and what kind of audience they are and what kind of films they like to watch. So many of us watch a lot of Spanish or Japanese cinema and sometimes it gets into the real nitty-gritty and specifics of that, which to me, that kind of specificity really helps to make it more authentic, even if it is at a great cultural remove."

Sensharma is looking for an early release date in 2017, if possible. “I’m hoping that it will be released some time next year whenever it can slip in amongst the big films.”

She added that she would want to continue her acting career and direct only if the subject is interesting. “Yes, I would love to direct another film. I believe one is never as inspired as one is by one’s first film. But I don’t think that’s always the case. There are many people who have made better films after. I would like to, but I have to find material that is exciting enough and I want to continue to act, of course. I enjoy it, but I do hope that I get good roles that I can do justice to,” she said.

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