Konkona Sen Sharma opens up about why she chose the role of Dolly

Konkona Sen Sharma opens up about what made her choose to portray Dolly in Alankrita Shrivastava’s next venture


Bollywood has always had a complicated relationship with female characters. They either are typically glamorous or when in lead, the perfect and morally strong character. In a recent interview with Press Trust of India, Konkona Sen Sharma was quoted saying how “rare” it is to come across a female character that isn’t perfect.

Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare‘ is the latest movie directed by Alankrita Shrivastava of Lipstick under my Burqa fame. The film, also starring Bhumi Pednekar, chronicles the lives of two cousins in Greater Noida. They, through their rise, fall, missteps, and unlearning, enable each other to find freedom.

Konoka Sen Sharma, who has played celebrated characters, from “Page 3”, “Life in a Metro”, “Wake Up! Sid”, “Omkara”, to “Luck By Chance” found a rarity in the portrayal of the character as a married, working, an ambitious woman navigating the messy part of liberation. In the interview, the actor said she has never played a woman who is “quite as bad*** as Dolly”. “I felt liberated from having to always play that perfect, strong woman who never makes any wrong decision. It was liberating to play a woman who is so ambiguous and sometimes taking some decisions, which are ambiguous as well.”

Layered female characters have always been scarce in this industry, a thought with which the actor agrees. Even in “progressive scripts”, the actor added, makers, make a “concession” by not choosing to go all out to showcase a woman’s agency. “You’re used to that. Rarely you feel there’s something which is telling it as it is. It isn’t making any apologies, doing away with niceties. I loved that attitude, that ‘hey we are all adults, this is how it is’. “It doesn’t underestimate the viewer at all. I love Alankrita’s world, the way she inhabits and represents women.”

‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’ also stars Vikrant Massey and Amol Parashar and is available to stream on Netflix.

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