Konkona Sen Sharma

3 December 1979 | Sagittarius

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Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sen Sharma is a Bengali actor who has established herself as one of the most prominent artists of the Indian parallel cinema movement, having played several acclaimed roles in independent and arthouse movies. She is also a two-time National Award winner, the first of which came for her first mainstream English-language movie, Mr & Mrs. Iyer.

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Filmography

2 September 2016Akira
SP Rabiya

2 October 2015Talvar
Nutan Tandon

17 December 2010Mirch
Rani Lavni / Anita

Biography

Konkona Sen Sharma is a Bengali actor who has established herself as one of the most prominent artists of the Indian parallel cinema movement, having played several acclaimed roles in independent and arthouse movies. She is also a two-time National Award winner, the first of which came for her first mainstream English-language movie, Mr & Mrs. Iyer. Born in Kolkata, into a highly educated family, Konkona completed her education from Calcutta International School and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, from where pursued a degree in English. Konkona’s first ever acting exposure was a child artist in the Bengali feature Indira in 1983. She would return to Bengali cinema as an adult in Ek Je Aachhe Kanya in 2000, played a negative role. Konkona Sen would also be a part of the ensemble cast in Rituparno Ghosh’s Titli, sharing screen space with her mother, Aparna Sen. However, it was her mother Aparna Sen’s directorial venture, Mr & Mrs. Iyer, which gave Konkona Sen her mainstream breakthrough. She won a National Award for her part as a Tamil housewife, even making it to Filmfare’s ‘Top 80 Iconic Performances’. Page 3 next would establish her as a commercial cinema credentials, while the movie itself bagged a National Award. After playing a mentally challenged woman in 15 Park Avenue, Konkona Sen Sharma was back to her explosive best in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Shakespearean drama, Omkara. Her role as a middle aged woman in the movie won her a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as a second National Award. Konkona Sen re-collaborated with Madhur Bhandarkar in Traffic Signal, which won her rave reviews for her role as a street prostitute. In Anurag Basu’s Life In A.. Metro, she kept up her streak of prolific commercial roles. She was also a part of a couple of Yashraj projects, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Aaja Nachle. In Spite of the hype, neither movie could amount to much, through Konkona Sen demonstrated her adeptness in a very different movie genre. In Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance, Konkana Sen again drew critical admiration for her acting abilities, to be followed up with another lauded performance in Ayan Mukherjee’s Wake Up Sid, later in 2009. This was the year when she also made her stage debut, as part of Atul Kumar’s The Blue Mug, which had showings worldwide. Konkona also acted in Rituparno Ghosh’s Sunglass and Vinay Pathak’s Mirch, before playing the leading role in Aparna Sen’s Iti Mrinalini in 2010. Her comeback to mainstream Bollywood happened with the film, Ek Thi Daayan (2013), which did below average at the box office but she was lauded for her performance. She continued to receive praise with the critically acclaimed film, Gour Hari Dastaan (2015). Konkona’s latest projects include roles in Talvar (2015) and Akira (2015) along with a tribute to Badal Sarkar, in film, Saari Raat (All Night Long) (2015). Konkona married actor-comedian Ranvir Shorey in 2010 after dating for three years and are blessed with a son. However, they announced their split in 2015 and have decided to co-parent their son.

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