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Sen makes sense


SHE PLAYS the protagonist in Madhur Bhandarkar's latest flick, Page 3. The role is of a page 3 journalist who covers party events for a newspaper. She gets trapped in unfortunate circumstances but fights back. She is Konkona Sen.

This talented daughter of Aparna Sen has made waves not only for winning the National Award for Best Actress for her role in Mr. And Mrs. Iyer but also for being a little different, like her mother, as the sensitive audiences might put it.

For being the type who would not accept films in which the only event is that "a fair, good-looking girl meets a boy against the picturesque backdrop of Kashmir and falls in love".

A woman of substance might not identify with her present role either. "It is not necessary that you bear a sharp resemblance to the life of a character in the film if you want to appreciate it. I am not a page three journalist, but I believe that they exist and trust my director for the role that he thinks I can portray best," says Sen.

Tell her that regional Bengali films are better than mainstream ones and she is quick to refute the idea.

"Even Bengali films are coming out with lot of trash like Soshur Badi Jindabad. It is just that they do not get much exposure. They are born and buried in ghettoes, and films like Chokher Bali that get exposure also get known to the masses." To see how much Chokher Bali is true to Tagore's eponymous novel, Sen is going through it. "I am halfway through it," she says.

And she is also halfway through her new English film Amu and Imaandaar.

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