The actor on her new film Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare and the struggle to find satisfying work in Bollywood.
Konkona Sen Sharma
Q. You tweeted that you’re “grateful to get a good role after so long”. Is it hard to find satisfying parts?
Tell me, why haven’t you seen me in more roles? I have done some wonderful work, but meaty parts like Dolly don’t come often. I’m grateful that Alankrita Shrivastava and Ekta Kapoor are making and backing this kind of cinema. When you make something that doesn’t follow mainstream conventions, you mostly don’t get money.
Q. You describe yourself as a “reckless retweeter”. Your feed reflects your politics and that you’re not afraid of that.
I used to be more reckless. Nowadays I think twice about saying things because I find the current atmosphere in the country to be one with little tolerance for differing opinions. Many are scared to say what they feel. So I do feel nervous. But I wouldn’t respect myself if I didn’t say a few things here and there.
Q. Did you get any reading done during the Covid-imposed break?
I read Tara Westover’s Educated and Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage. I lost my father last year, so reading Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking was a wonderful experience in grief. I am looking forward to starting the new Elena Ferrante. But I also used the lockdown to embrace my curly hair, practise parallel parking and do a little bit of cooking. I also adopted a rescue indie puppy.
Q. You directed A Death in the Gunj (2016). Any plans to write or direct another film?
I am not putting pressure on myself to make another film anytime soon. I have been trying to write something but it has been challenging in the lockdown. I hope I get some good roles meanwhile.