'My father is a good storyteller'

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'My father is a good storyteller'

Konkona Sensharma, whose directorial debut ‘A Death In The Gunj’ has opened to glowing reviews but limited screens, believes that making and promoting a niche film is not easy. The actor says while both commercial and independent films are important, alternative cinema has a difficult journey from production to the ticket window.

“It is important that all kind of films are made. Mainstream cinema exists in most large industries and then there is the alternative cinema which does not follow the conventions. But when your film is small and does not have A-listers, then you have a limited budget and it becomes hard to release your film. Stars are a part of our emotional psyche but audiences should also support a good indie film which may not have a big star,” said Konkona.

Konkona says most of the actors took a cut to help the film get made. “I am lucky to have got such a fabulous cast and crew. Veterans like Omji added a certain integrity and value to the movie. Vikrant is amazing in the film. I am grateful to all my actors. They knew that making such movies is not easy.”

It was a bit of a struggle for the actor to get the movie financed but she credits her filmmaker mother, Aparna Sen, for pushing her. “Once the script was ready, I sat on it because I did not think anyone would spend money on it. But my mother told me to shop the film around. I went to some of the bigger studios and they were kind enough to give me a meeting. They said they liked the script but it was not something they were looking to produce,” she recalls.

Konkona finally got Honey Trehan and Abhishek Chaubey onboard as producers.. Konkona’s father Mukul Sharma would often narrate the story at family gatherings. “My father is a good storyteller and he would really evoke the era for me.”

She is now keen to act in a good movie before taking up direction again.

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