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‘Monsoon Date’: Konkona Sensharma on playing a transsexual in this Tanuja Chandra directorial

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Konkona Sensharma is one of those rare actresses who has never failed to catch the audience’s imagination with her nuanced portrayal of all the characters that she has played on the silver screen so far. The actress, who was last seen in ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, is now excited to gauge the audience’s reaction to her recently released short film ‘Monsoon Date’.

Though we have seen Konkona play a varied range of roles in her career, this is the first time when she will be playing the role of a transsexual in ‘Monsoon Date’ which is directed by Tanuja Chandra.

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Sharing about what attracted her towards this short film, Konkona told PTI, “I had never done anything like this before. That was a huge draw for me. The subject was dealt so beautifully, it was so nuanced, and was written with a lot of compassion. I was very lucky to be offered something like this because there aren’t so many good offers that come my way.” 

The short film is written by Gazal Dhaliwal who also has ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ to her credit. Revealing about how she prepared for her role, Konkona shared, “The story opens at a time where a lot has already happened in her life. I wanted to bring myself up to speed about that. So I sat with Tanuja and Gazal to understand what is the backstory, what all has happened to her, so at some level I can try to process that. Gazal has lived that life. Because she has written it herself, she was able to communicate her experiences. That was very helpful for me.”

The actress is happy that finally, the under-represented LGBTQ community’s stories are being portrayed in our films. However, the number of such representational stories are almost negligible. And Konkona feels that film financers lack imagination when it comes to thinking out of the box as many of them still prefer producing films which follow a certain formula.

Here’s a post shared by writer Gazal about her film ‘Monsoon Date’

‘Monsoon Date’ is 21-minutes long short film which is now streaming on Eros Now.

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