Konkona Sen Sharma

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Konkona Sen Sharma
Konkona at Taj lands end.jpg
Konkona Sen Sharma at Taj Land End
Born (1979-12-03) 3 December 1979 (age 34)
New Delhi, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Ranvir Shorey (2010–present)

Konkona Sen Sharma (Kôngkôna Shen Shôrma; born 3 December 1979) is an Indian actress. She is the daughter of filmmaker and actress Aparna Sen. Sharma appears primarily in Indian arthouse and independent films, and her achievements in the genre have established her as one of the leading actresses of contemporary parallel cinema.

Making her debut as a child artist in the film Indira (1983), Sharma debuted as an adult in the Bengali thriller Ek Je Aachhe Kanya (2000). She first gained attention with the English-language film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002), which was directed by her mother, and received the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. Her appearance in the drama Page 3 (2005) got her wider recognition from audiences, and she has since starred in a number of films, most of which have garnered her critical praise rather than commercial success. She won two consecutive Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Awards for her performances in Omkara (2006) and Life in a... Metro (2007), respectively. Her performance in the former won her a second National Award under the Best Supporting Actress category.[1][2] She was the 1st recipient of the Best Actress award at the Filmfare Awards East for her work in the Bengali film Goynar Baksho (2014).

Early life[edit]

Sen Sharma was born on 3 December 1979 to Mukul Sharma (a science writer and journalist) and Aparna Sen (an actress and film director).[3] She also has an older sibling Kamalini Chatterjee.[4] Sen Sharma's maternal grandfather, Chidananda Dasgupta, is a film critic, scholar, professor, writer and one of the co-founders of the Calcutta Film Society. Her late grandmother Supriya Dasgupta was a cousin of legendary modern Bengali poet Jibanananda Das.

Sen Sharma has a degree in English from St Stephen's College, Delhi which she received in 2001. She was a student of the Modern High School for Girls, Calcutta, as well as the Calcutta International School.[5]

Career[edit]

Sen Sharma made her debut as a child artist in the film Indirah (1983). In 2000, she made her adult debut in the Bengali film Ek Je Aachhe Kanya, in which she played a negative character. It was followed by a role in Rituparno Ghosh's acclaimed film Titli, opposite Mithun Chakraborty and her mother Aparna Sen.

In 2001, she starred in the English-language film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, directed by Aparna Sen. The film performed well mainly in multiplexes and was a major critical success. Sen Sharma's performance as a Tamil housewife and her mastery of the accent were received well and she was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actress.[6] Her performance was later included in the 2010 issue of the "Top 80 Iconic Performances" by Filmfare.[7]

"What´s special about her performance as Meenakshi Iyer is not the effort she put into it as much as the apparent lack of it. [...] Be it her squabbling with the urbane photographer Jehangir Chaudhary or her gently reprimanding him about how her name is pronounced (It's Mee-naa-kshi not Minakshi) or even when she is screaming at her infant, you believe it's Meenakshi you´ve met. And therein lies the key to her iconic performance."

Filmfare on Sen Sharma's performance in Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)[8]

This was followed by the National Film Award-winning social film, Page 3 (2005).[9] Her role of a smart journalist drew praise and she became a more familiar face to the movie-going public.

Sen Sharma was offered the lead role in Mira Nair's Hollywood film, The Namesake (2007), but owing to clashing dates with other films, she could not commit to the project.[10] However, she followed it with acclaimed performances as a mentally ill woman in 15 Park Avenue (2005) and as a middle age village woman in Omkara (2006). For the latter, she received both the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her next release Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante (2006) got average reviews. In 2006, Sen Sharma made her directorial debut with an 18-minute Bengali short film titled Naamkoron (Naming Ceremony) for the Kala Ghoda Film Festival.[11][12]

Following this, Sen Sharma acted in Dosar, a Bengali art film by Rituporno Ghosh which was premiered at several international film festivals. She won the Best Actress award at Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival for her performance.[13]

Her first release of 2007 was her second collaboration with Madhur Bhandarkar, a noir film named Traffic Signal, in which she played a street prostitute.[14] Later that year, she appeared in Anurag Basu's Life in a... Metro. The film opened to positive reviews and performed well at the Indian box office.[15] Metro depicted the lives of different individuals in Mumbai, and Sen Sharma's performance as a young and insecure woman earned her a second Filmfare Award.

In late 2007, Sen Sharma acted in two movies under the Yash Raj Films banner. She noted her excitement toward these two projects as these were the first films in which she had to lip-sync for songs. In the first one, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, a drama directed by Pradeep Sarkar, she portrayed the character of a Banaras small town young woman, Chutki, alongside Rani Mukerji. The film was a critical and commercial failure in India, even though her performance was received well. The second one was Aaja Nachle, which was widely promoted as the comeback film of Madhuri Dixit. The film did not do well. Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN noted her performance in the film as being "...nothing short of fantastic. Her greatest strength is that she isn't afraid of making a fool of herself and she doesn't worry about being laughed at. As a result, her performance in Aaja Nachle is fearless and uninhibited."[16]

In 2008, Sen Sharma starred in Dil Kabaddi. She starred in a short film (How Can It Be?) directed by Mira Nair for a movie project called 8, which was screened at several film festivals in 2008 before having a theatrical release.[17]

In 2009, she appeared in the low-budget English-language film The President Is Coming, directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur. The film opened to generally positive reviews. Reviews were favorably directed toward her. Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India wrote, "Performance-wise, it's the uptight and complex-ridden Ms Konkona who walks away with laurels and laughs even as the film takes a healthy snigger at the desi self."[18]

Sen Sharma next starred in Zoya Akhtar's Luck by Chance, opposite Farhan Akhtar.[19] Upon release, the film met with highly positive reviews from critics, as did her performance, but its financial income was modest.[20][21] Sen Sharma's latest 2009 release was Ayan Mukerjee's romantic comedy Wake Up Sid in which she starred alongside Ranbir Kapoor. Upon release, the film received universally positive reviews,[22] and her performance received rave reviews. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote, "Konkona is natural to the core and the best part is, she's so effortless. Here's another winning performance from this incredible performer."[23] The New York Times wrote, "Ms. Sharma has made a specialty of characters like Aisha: independent urban women, whose dreams involve careers as well as love. Her Aisha is a nuanced creation — ambitious, sympathetic, believable — and Mr. Mukerji, making his directing debut, is right to let her run away with the film."[24]

In 2010, Sen Sharma starred in Ashwani Dheer's comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge opposite Ajay Devgan and Paresh Rawal.[25] and Neeraj Pathak's Right Yaa Wrong where she played a lawyer. She has completed shooting for Rituparno Ghosh's comedy film Sunglass and Vinay Shukla's Mirch.

In 2011, Sen Sharma played the leading role in Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini,[26][27] reportedly a semi-autobiographical film directed by the acclaimed Indian director Aparna Sen, also Konkona's mother. She will also appear in Amitabh Verma's Jackpot opposite Ranvir Shorey,[28] in Suman Mukherjee's adaptation of Shesher Kobita[29] and Goutam Ghose's Shunyo Awnko.

In 2013, Sen Sharma starred in Balaji Telefilms' Ek Thi Daayan, directed by newcomer Kannan Iyer and produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and Ekta Kapoor. The movie also stars Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi,[30] and the film itself is inspired by the short story written by her father Mukul Sharma.[31] She will also be seen in Aparna Sen's Goynar Baksho.[32]

Theatre[edit]

In June 2009, Sen Sharma starred onstage first time at Atul Kumar's The Blue Mug alongside Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Sheeba Chadha.[33][34] In 2010, the play was toured around the nation and abroad.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Konkona Sharma with her husband Ranvir Shorey at the 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards (2008)

Konkona is a daughter of Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress Aparna Sen. Sen Sharma started dating actor and co-star Ranvir Shorey in 2007. The couple got married on 3 September 2010 in a private ceremony.[36] The Times of India reported that Sen Sharma gave birth to her first child, Haroon, on 15 March 2011 at a South Mumbai hospital.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1983 Indira Child artist Bengali
1989 Picnic Daughter Bengali TV
1994 Amodini Teenage stepmother Bengali
2001 Ek Je Aachhe Kanya Ria Bengali
2002 Titli Titli Bengali
2002 Mr. and Mrs. Iyer Meenakshi Iyer English National Film Award for Best Actress
2004 Chai Pani Etc. Shanti/Radha Joshi English
2005 Amu Kaju "Amu" English
2005 Page 3 Madhvi Sharma Hindi
2005 15 Park Avenue Mithi English
2006 Dosar Kaberi Chatterjee Bengali
2006 Mixed Doubles Malti Hindi
2006 Yun Hota To Kya Hota Tilottima Punj Hindi
2006 Omkara Indu Hindi Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006 Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante Sanjana Hindi
2006 Karkat Rashi College girl Hindi TV
2007 Traffic Signal Noori Hindi
2007 Meridian Pramilla Hindi Delay
2007 Life in a... Metro Shruti Ghosh Hindi Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Chutki (Shubhavari Sahay) Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2007 Aaja Nachle Anokhi Anokhelal Hindi
2008 Fashion Herself Hindi Special appearance
2008 Dil Kabaddi[38] Simi Hindi
2008 8 Zeinab English Segment "How can it be?"
2009 The President Is Coming Maya Roy English
2009 Luck by Chance[19] Sona Mishra Hindi
2009 Wake up Sid Aisha Banerjee Hindi
2010 Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge Munmun Hindi
2010 Right Yaa Wrong[39] Radhika Patnaik Hindi
2010 Mirch[40] Lavni/Anita Hindi
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Nandini Hindi Cameo appearance
2011 Iti Mrinalini[41] Mrinalini Mitra Bengali
2013 Shunyo Awnko Raka Biswas Bengali
2013 Goynar Baksho Shomlata Bengali Filmfare Award for Best Actor Female – Bengali
2013 Ek Thi Daayan Diana Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2013 Blind Night Ninu Hindi
2013 Gaur Hari Dastaan Lakshmi Das Hindi
2013 Sunglass / Taak Jhaank Chitra Hindi / Bengali Inaugural show of 19th Kolkata International Film Festival. Last work of Rituparno Ghosh.
2013 Shesher Kabita / The Last Poem Labannya Bengali Premièring at the Dubai Film Festival. Based on Rabindranath Tagore's novel.
2014 Saari Raat Hindi

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards East
Zee Cine Awards
IIFA Awards
Other Awards

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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