Konkona Sen Sharma

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Konkona Sen Sharma
Konkona Sen Sharma, 21st Jio MAMI Film Festival 2019 (3).jpg
Sharma in 2019
Born (1979-12-03) 3 December 1979 (age 41)
Alma mater St Stephen's College, Delhi
  • Actress
  • writer
  • director
Years active2000–present
(m. 2010;div. 2020)
Children1 Haroon Shorey

Konkona Sen Sharma (born 3 December 1979) is an Indian actress, writer, and director who works primarily in Hindi and Bengali films. She has received two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. The daughter of filmmakeractress Aparna Sen, Sen Sharma appears primarily in arthouse independent films, and her achievements in the genre have established her as one of the leading actresses of contemporary parallel cinema. She has also acted in mainstream films like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag for which too she has received awards. [1]


Making her debut as a child artist in the film Indira (1983), Sharma debuted as an adult in the Bengali thriller Ek Je Aachhe Kanya (2000). She first gained attention with the English-language film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002), which was directed by her mother, and received the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance. Her appearance in the drama Page 3 (2005) got her wider recognition, and she has since starred in a number of films, most of which have won her praise rather than commercial success. She won two consecutive Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Awards for her performances in Omkara (2006) and Life in a... Metro (2007), respectively. Her performance in the former won her a second National Award under the Best Supporting Actress category. [2] [3] She was the first recipient of the Best Actress award at the Filmfare Awards East for her work in the Bengali film Goynar Baksho (2014). In 2017, her directorial debut film A Death in the Gunj was released and she won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director. [4] In the same year she starred in Lipstick Under My Burkha , which won her numerous international awards.

Early life

Sharma was born on 3 December 1979 [5] Her father Mukul Sharma was a science writer and journalist and her mother Aparna Sen an actress and film director. She has an elder sister, Kamalini Chatterjee. [6] Sen Sharma's maternal grandfather, Chidananda Dasgupta, was a film critic, scholar, professor, writer and one of the co-founders of the Calcutta Film Society. Her grandmother Supriya Dasgupta was a cousin of legendary modern Bengali poet Jibanananda Das.

Sen Sharma has a degree in English from St Stephen's College, Delhi, which she received in 2001. She was a student of the Modern High School for Girls. [7]


Sen Sharma made her debut as a child artist in the Bengali film Indira (1983). In 2000, she made her adult debut in the Bengali film Ek Je Aachhe Kanya , in which she played a negative character. It was followed by a role in Rituparno Ghosh's acclaimed film Titli , opposite Mithun Chakraborty and her mother Aparna Sen.

In 2001, she starred in the English-language film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer , directed by Aparna Sen. The film performed well mainly in multiplexes and was a major critical success. Sen Sharma's performance as a Tamil housewife and her mastery of the accent were received well and she was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actress. [8] Her performance was later included in the 2010 issue of the "Top 80 Iconic Performances" by Filmfare . [9]

"What's special about her performance as Meenakshi Iyer is not the effort she put into it as much as the apparent lack of it. [...] Be it her squabbling with the urbane photographer Jehangir Chaudhary or her gently reprimanding him about how her name is pronounced (It's Mee-naa-kshi not Minakshi) or even when she is screaming at her infant, you believe it's Meenakshi you´ve met. And therein lies the key to her iconic performance."

Filmfare on Sen Sharma's performance in Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002) [10]

This was followed by the National Film Award-winning social film, Page 3 (2005). [11] Her role of a smart journalist drew praise and she became a more familiar face to the movie-going public.

Sen Sharma was offered the lead role in Mira Nair's Hollywood film, The Namesake (2007), but owing to clashing dates with other films, she could not commit to the project. [12] However, she followed it with acclaimed performances as a mentally ill woman in 15 Park Avenue (2005) and as a middle age village woman in Omkara (2006). For the latter, she received both the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her next release Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante (2006) got average reviews. In 2006, Sen Sharma made her directorial debut with an 18-minute Bengali short film titled Naamkoron (Naming Ceremony) for the Kala Ghoda Film Festival. [13] [14]

Following this, Sen Sharma acted in Dosar , a Bengali art film by Rituporno Ghosh which was premiered at several international film festivals. She won the Best Actress award at Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival for her performance. [15]

Her first release of 2007 was her second collaboration with Madhur Bhandarkar, a noir film named Traffic Signal , in which she played a street prostitute. [16] Later that year, she appeared in Anurag Basu's Life in a... Metro . The film opened to positive reviews and performed well at the Indian box office. [17] Metro depicted the lives of different individuals in Mumbai, and Sen Sharma's performance as a young and insecure woman earned her a second Filmfare Award.

In late 2007, Sen Sharma acted in two movies under the Yash Raj Films banner. She noted her excitement toward these two projects as these were the first films in which she had to lip-sync for songs. In the first one, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag , a drama directed by Pradeep Sarkar, she portrayed the character of a Banaras small town young woman, Chutki, alongside Rani Mukerji. The film was a critical and commercial failure in India, even though her performance was received well. The second one was Aaja Nachle , which was widely promoted as the comeback film of Madhuri Dixit. The film did not do well. Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN noted her performance in the film as being "...nothing short of fantastic. Her greatest strength is that she isn't afraid of making a fool of herself and she doesn't worry about being laughed at. As a result, her performance in Aaja Nachle is fearless and uninhibited." [18]

In 2008, Sen Sharma starred in Dil Kabaddi . She starred in a short film (How Can It Be?) directed by Mira Nair for a movie project called 8 , which was screened at several film festivals in 2008 before having a theatrical release. [19]

In 2009, she appeared in the low-budget English-language film The President Is Coming , directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur, to generally positive reviews. Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India wrote, "Performance-wise, it's the uptight and complex-ridden Ms Konkona who walks away with laurels and laughs even as the film takes a healthy snigger at the desi self." [20]

Sen Sharma next starred in Zoya Akhtar's Luck by Chance , opposite Farhan Akhtar. [21] Upon release, the film met with highly positive reviews from critics, as did her performance, but its financial income was modest. [22] [23] Sen Sharma's latest 2009 release was Ayan Mukerjee's romantic comedy Wake Up Sid in which she starred alongside Ranbir Kapoor. Upon release, the film received universally positive reviews, [24] and her performance received rave reviews. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote, "Konkona is natural to the core and the best part is, she's so effortless. Here's another winning performance from this incredible performer." [25] The New York Times wrote, "Ms. Sharma has made a specialty of characters like Aisha: independent urban women, whose dreams involve careers as well as love. Her Aisha is a nuanced creation — ambitious, sympathetic, believable — and Mr. Mukerji, making his directing debut, is right to let her run away with the film." [26]

In 2010, Sen Sharma starred in Ashwani Dheer's comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge opposite Ajay Devgan and Paresh Rawal. [27] and Neeraj Pathak's Right Yaa Wrong where she played a lawyer. She has completed shooting for Rituparno Ghosh's comedy film Sunglass and Vinay Shukla's Mirch .

In 2011, Sen Sharma played the leading role in Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini , [28] [29] reportedly a semi-autobiographical film directed by the acclaimed Indian director Aparna Sen, also Konkona's mother. She will also appear in Amitabh Verma's Jackpot opposite Ranvir Shorey, [30] in Suman Mukherjee's adaptation of Shesher Kobita [31] and Goutam Ghose's Shunyo Awnko .

In 2013, Sen Sharma starred in Balaji Telefilms' Ek Thi Daayan, directed by newcomer Kannan Iyer and produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and Ekta Kapoor. The movie also stars Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi, [32] and the film itself is inspired by the short story written by her father Mukul Sharma. [33] She has also played a lead role in Aparna Sen's Goynar Baksho . [34]

In 2015, Sharma starred in the Bengali film Kadombori as Tagore's sister-in-law and also played Lakshmi Das, the wife of Gour Hari Das – an Odisha freedom fighter who spent 32 years attempting to convince the government of his patriotism. In October, she played a character based on Nupur Talwar in Vishal Bhardwaj's film Talvar , regarding the 2008 Noida Double Murder case. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to extensive critical acclaim for Sharma and her co-stars Irrfan Khan and Neeraj Kabi, and also became a sleeper hit in India. [35] In the same year she played Nayantara in a short film, Nayantara's Necklace.

In 2016, Sharma worked on A.R. Murgadoss' film entitled Akira , where she was portrayed a cop alongside Sonakshi Sinha. [36]

In 2017 her directorial debut ''A Death in the Gunj was released (2 June 2017), which starred Vikrant Massey and Kalki Koechlin in pivotal roles. The film was critically acclaimed and won her the best director award in the New York Indian film festival and also in the MAMI film festival. In July, her long-awaited Lipstick Under My Burkha released, directed by Alankrita Srivastava. The film garnered positive reviews and did well at the box office too. Her next project, titled Scholarship, alongside Kalki Koechlin is in pre-production.

In 2021, Sen Sharma stars in the Amazon Prime web series Mumbai Diaries 26/11. Directed by Nikkhil Advani and produced by Emmay Entertainment, it will also feature Mohit Raina, Tina Desai, and Shreya Dhanwanthary in the lead roles. [37] [38] [39]


Konkona Sharma with her husband Ranvir Shorey at the 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards (2008) Konkona-and-Ranvir.jpg
Konkona Sharma with her husband Ranvir Shorey at the 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards (2008)

In June 2009, Sen Sharma starred onstage first time at Atul Kumar's The Blue Mug alongside Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Sheeba Chadha. [40] [41] In 2010, the play was toured around the nation and abroad. [42]

Personal life

Sen Sharma started dating actor and co-star Ranvir Shorey in 2007. The couple got married on 3 September 2010 in a private ceremony. [43] The Times of India reported that Sen Sharma gave birth to her first child, Haroon, on 15 March 2011 at a South Mumbai hospital. [44] Sen Sharma and Shorey announced their separation in September 2015. They still remain friends and share the custody of their son. [45] The couple finally got divorced on 13 August 2020. [46]



As actor

Dagger-14-plain.pngDenotes films that have not yet been released
1983IndiraChild artist Bengali
1994AmodiniTeenage stepmotherBengali
2001 Ek Je Aachhe Kanya RiaBengali
2002 Titli TitliBengali
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer Meenakshi Iyer English National Film Award for Best Actress
2004Chai Pani Etc.Shanti/Radha JoshiEnglish
2005 Amu Kaju "Amu"English
Page 3 Madhvi Sharma Hindi
15 Park Avenue MithiEnglish
2006 Dosar Kaberi ChatterjeeBengali
Mixed Doubles MaltiHindi
Yun Hota To Kya Hota Tilottima PunjHindi
Omkara Indu Hindi Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante SanjanaHindi
2007 Traffic Signal NooriHindi
Life in a... Metro Shruti GhoshHindiFilmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Chutki (Shubhavari Sahay)HindiNominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Aaja Nachle Anokhi AnokhelalHindi
2008 Fashion HerselfHindiSpecial appearance
Dil Kabaddi [47] SimiHindi
8 ZeinabEnglishSegment "How can it be?"
2009 The President Is Coming Maya RoyEnglish
Luck by Chance [21] Sona MishraHindi
Wake Up Sid Aisha BanerjeeHindi
2010 Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge MunmunHindi
Right Yaa Wrong [48] Radhika PatnaikHindi
Mirch [49] Lavni/AnitaHindi
2011 7 Khoon Maaf NandiniHindiCameo appearance
Iti Mrinalini [50] Mrinalini Mitra aka MiliBengali
2013 Shunyo Awnko Raka BiswasBengali
Goynar Baksho ShomlataBengali Filmfare Award for Best Actor Female – Bengali
Ek Thi Daayan DianaHindiNominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Blind NightNinuHindi
Sunglass ChitraHindi / BengaliInaugural show of 19th Kolkata International Film Festival, Last work of Rituparno Ghosh
Shesher KabitaLabannyaBengaliBased on Rabindranath Tagore's novel of the same name
2015 Shajarur Kanta Deepa BhattoBengaliBased on Byomkesh Bakshi novel of the same name
Kadambari Kadambari Devi Bengali
Gour Hari Dastaan Lakshmi DasHindi
Talvar Nutan TandonHindiBased on Nupur Talwar
Saari RaatThe wifeHindiDirected by Aparna Sen, Tribute to a play in three acts by Badal Sarkar
Nayantara's NecklaceNayantaraHindiShort Film
2016 Akira SP RabiyaHindi
2017 Lipstick Under My Burkha Shireen AslamHindi Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics)
2018Bird of DuskHerselfEnglish, BengaliDocumentary on Rituparno Ghosh
2019A Monsoon Date (Short Film)HindiEros Now Original. Premiered at Mumbai Film Festival on 28 October 2018 [51]
2020 Cargo MandakiniHindiCameo Appearance
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare DollyHindi [52] Premiered at the 21st Busan International Film Festival
2021 Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi SeemaHindi
Ajeeb Daastaans Bharti MandalHindiNetflix film [53]
The Rapist Dagger-14-plain.pngHindiNominated for Kim Jiseok award at 26th Busan International Film Festival [54]
ScholarshipDagger-14-plain.pngHindiFilming (Stalled) [55]
Television and web series
1989PicnicDaughterBengaliChild Artist
2005Karkat RashiCollege girlHindiTV Movie
2005 Koffee with Karan HerselfEnglish Star One Season 1, Episode 16 (Guest with Rahul Bose)
2007Season 2, Episode 09 (Guest with Kunal Kapoor & Riteish Deshmukh)
2009 54th Filmfare Awards HerselfEnglish Sony TV Co-Host with Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan & Deepika Padukone [56]
2013 Ek Thhi Naayka HerselfHindi Life OK TV Mini-Series (2 episodes, 1.3 & 1.4) for the promotion of Ek Thi Dayaan [57]
2015 The Tara Sharma Show HerselfEnglish Star World Season 3, Episode 3 (Konkona Sen Sharma & Moms)
2018GuftagooHerselfHindi, English Rajya Sabha TV Episode "Guftagoo with Konkona Sensharma"
2018Side HeroHerselfHindi Eros Now Original Web Series (Episode 1: "Aaj Ki Party")
2020 Mumbai Diaries - 26/11 Chitra DasHindi Amazon Prime Video Original Web Series [39] [38]

As filmmaker

2006NaamkoronDirector and WriterBengaliShort Film
2017 A Death in the Gunj Director and WriterEnglish, Hindi, Bengali Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director

Nominated—Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film (Best Director)


2019Twin Beds Anita Nair Nisha (wife)EnglishStorytel Indiawith Satyadeep Mishra
The Rumour Anushka Ravishankar Narrator
The Last BargainSamita Aiyer
2020A Swiss Mountain AdventureMindhouse AppSleep Meditation Stories
The Timeless Love of Lily Moon
2021 Kadambari Devi's Suicide NoteRanjan BandopadhyayStorytel IndiaTranslated from Bengali by Jhimli Mookherjee [58]


YearTrackAlbumRecord LabelLanguageNotes
2013Bangla Rap Goynar Baksho SVF Bengaliwith Paran Bandopadhyay, Pijush Ganguly & Moushumi Chatterjee
2015The Broken Heart (Bhogno Hridoy) Kadambari Times Music with Saskia Rao De Haas, Sandipan Ganguly & Parambrata Chattopadhyay
Kadambori's Letter

Awards and nominations

2002 Ek Je Aachhe Kanya Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best ActressWon
2003 Mr and Mrs Iyer National Film Awards Best Actress Won
Anandalok Awards Best Actress (Critics)Won
2006 Page 3 Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut (jointly with Vidya Balan)Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best ActressNominated
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated
Screen Awards Best ActressNominated
2007 Omkara National Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting ActressWon
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated
Screen Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated
15, Park Avenue Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Most Outstanding Performance of the YearWon
Dosar New York Indian Film Festival Best ActressWon
2008 Life in a... Metro International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting ActressWon
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Supporting ActressWon
Screen Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2010 Wake Up Sid Producers Guild Film Awards Best ActressNominated
2011 Iti Mrinalini New York Indian Film Festival Best ActressWon
2014 Ek Thi Daayan Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female)Nominated
Goynar Baksho Filmfare Awards East Best ActressWon
2016 Talvar BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Role – FemaleNominated [59]
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated [60]
Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated [61]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated [62]
2018N/A GQ India Awards Excellence in Direction and ActingWon
A Death in the Gunj Filmfare Awards Best Debut Director Won [4]
Best Film – Critics Nominated [63]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Debut DirectorWon
Gollapudi Srinivas Award Best Debut DirectorWon
MAMI Film Festival Mastercard Best India Female FilmmakerWon
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best DirectorNominated
New York Indian Film Festival Best DirectorWon
Lipstick Under My Burkha Best Feature FilmNominated
Best ActressWon
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best ActressWon
Screen Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won [64]
Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated [65]
2021 Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare Filmfare Awards Best Actress (Critics) Nominated

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