The role of a socially responsible
journalist in a Goutam Ghosh movie is perfect in many ways
since the character is an ideal person, says actress Konkona
Sen Sharma about her role in Shoonyo Awnko (Act Zero).
"Raka Bose is an ideal person. She is someone acutely
aware about her social responsibilty. And when you work under
one like Goutam Ghosh that becomes the ideal situation to work
on such a character. So it becomes ideal in many ways,"
Konkona told PTI here last evening.
Konkona, one of the six principal characters faced with
the confronting realities of insurgency-stricken,
poverty-ridden 'Bharat' and the shining 'India' of IT and city
Volvo services, said "Goutam mama (Gautam uncle) didn't
specifically give any tips before a shot."
Asked if she had modelled her role on any woman
journalist she had interacted with and Konkona said, "No, I
didn't. I haven't encountered any journo like Raka in real
life frankly speaking and I went by my instinct and the
Konkona, whose third film Mr and Mrs Iyer by Aparna
Sen had been cinematographed by Goutam Ghosh, said, "Yes in
his film Shoonyo Awnko too he is the cinematographer. But
frankly speaking I don't know that much of cinematography to
comment except that the camera work looks really good."
Asked how she has evolved over the years after turning up
in films by directors ranging from Aparna Sen (Mr and Mrs
Iyer, Iti Mrinalini, 15 Park Avenue), Rituparno Ghosh (Titli),
Madhur Bhandarkar (Page 3) and Goutam Ghosh, Konkona said "I
feel I still remain the same working with so many big
"When you feel humbled, how can you rate your
performance, or whether you have changed," she added as an
"Kankon's (Konkona's pet name) character is modelled on
some Kolkata-based woman journalists of leading publications I
know personally who have the zeal and desire to probe beyond
their city environs and explore the land of sub-alterns, the
other India," director Goutam Ghosh said.
"And need I say anything about the performance of Kankon
whom I had seen as a newborn!" Goutam said about the film
produced by Rose Valley.
Bengali superstar Prosenjit, who had essayed the role of
sufi baladeer Lalon Fakir in the 19th century Bengal in
Ghosh's earlier film Moner Manush, said, "Shoonya Awnko will
be another introspective treat by Goutamda, I am sure. And
like Moner Manush, here also the director's grasp on music
will make the songs an absolute clincher in the domain of
Leading singer and composer of contemporary lyrics Anupam
Roy (of Autograph fame) said, "I composed lyrics of two
tracks in the film, Dhusar Chul and Ki Bibhotso Maja and
music director Goutam Ghosh liked the same.
"The language of the songs is in Bengali but the content
is international. So I don't think my songs will only have an
urban feel and not gel with the tale of the on-vibrant India,
living on the fringes," Anupam said.
"Anupam's two songs are already a hit on Youtube. So you
guess how it will be received later," Prosenjit said at the
launch of the album.