Some people get better with age and same can be said about Konkana Sen Sharma. She is sensually beautiful, a doe-eyed beauty with a winsome smile. On her 34th birthday today, Konkana Sen Sharma is a known face in both Bollywood and Tollywood with some really critically acclaimed movies in her kitty. Coming from a very influential Bengali family Konkana Sen Sharma is the daughter of noted filmmaker and actress Aparna Sen and Mukul Sen.
Konkana made her debut as a child artist in Indirah (1983) which also starred Aparna Sen and Soumitra Chatterjee. Interestingly Konkona Sen started her proper debut in the Bengali film industry with a negative role in the film Ek Je Aachhe Kanya (2001). Her first major film was Rituparno Ghosh’s Titli (2002) which tells the story of a sensitive teenager and the relationship with her mother played by Aparna Sen.
Konkana may not be a very glitzy or one of the glamorous actresses in Bollywood, but the dusky beauty’s acting prowess is definitely noteworthy. Her unusual dramatic strength can be seen in movies like Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2001) opposite Rahul Bose and Omkara (2006) as Indu Tyagi which helped her bagged the National Award for Best Actress and National Award for Supporting Actress respectively.
The thing about Konkana is that she can very well blend herself with the character in the movie. She can be the naive girl in Wake up Sid and also be the very mysterious and somewhat creepy daayan from Ek Thi Daayan. Her role as a journalist in National Award winning social film Page 3 (2005) gave Konkana’s career a boost in Bollywood and since then there is no looking back. Besides doing contemporary parallel cinema, Konkana has been successfully pleasing the audience with commercial movies like Wake Up Sid (2009) where she played the love interest of a much younger Ranbir Kapoor, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Zoya Akhtar’s Luck by Chance and also the rib-tickling comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010).
Here is a list of some of Konkana’s best of Hindi and Bengali movies
15th Park Avenue (2005): It is a beautiful movie about a woman suffering from schizophrenia who lives in an alternative world with a perfect married life. Konkana simply stole the show with her acting and her natural grace even as a schizophrenic.
Omkara (2006): Omkara is a movie about how a gangs of outlaw and political clashes together and the affect of it on the lives of some people. Konkana received the National Award for the movie. Her critically acclaimed role as the naive yet headstrong Indu Tyagi in this Indian version of Othello earned her accolades.
Dosar (2006): A black and white film by Rituparno Ghosh won Konkana Sen the Best Actress Award at the New York Film Festival in 2007. The film is about a complex and strained relationship between a husband and a wife, where the husband’s mistress dies in a car accident leaving him badly injured.
Wake Up Sid (2009): Wake Up Sid is a sweet love story about a woman who comes to Mumbai in search for a job and finds loving friendship and company with a much younger man. Konkana Sen starred opposite Ranbir Kapoor did a brilliant job in the movie and as always she was utterly full of grace and sunshine.
Iti Mrinalini: An Unfinished Letter (2011): Directed by Aparna Sen the movie is about an aging actress who reflects on her life while writing a letter. A tragic story, the movie stars Aparna Sen as the aging Mrinalini and Konkana Sen as the vibrant young Mrinalini. Although this is not the first time that the mother-daughter duo are together on screen but both of them successfully merge with the character and brought out the best in them.
Traffic Signal (2007): In Madhur Bhandarkar’s National Award winning film Traffic Signal Konkana Sen played the dynamic role of a prostitute ‘Noorie’ where she fights for a better life amidst various hurdles, but in the end she succumbs to the circumstances .
Well, this lady has definitely has a lot of feathers to add to her cap. This year she was one of the jury member of the 5th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) along with other prominent dignitaries including director Bruce Beresford, French actress Nathalie Baye, Japanese actor-director Masato Harada and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. Konkana also tried her hands in film making with her first directoral debut with a Bengali short film Namkaron for Kala Ghoda Film Festival in 2006. Also this year Konkana Sen did a photoshoot for Maxim August issue. Her earthy sensual personality perfectly reflected in the photographs.
After the spooky roles in Ek Thi Daayan and Goynar Baksho, Konkana Sen Sharma will be next seen in another horror flick Amavas scheduled to be released on February 6th. She will also be seen in a Bengali movie based on the life of Rabindranath Tagore where she plays the role of Kadambari Devi the sister-in-law of Tagore who was also an inspiration behind many of his works.