21 September, 2020

Bylanes Of Sanity

It's Aparna Sen's quest for that wonderful something. Will the viewer's find it too?

Amal Kundu
Bylanes Of Sanity
Here's something you don't get to see too often—Shabana Azmi petrified. In 15 minutes, she has to take a driving test down a vertiginous road 2,200 m above sea level in craggy, picturesque Paro, the sparsely populated Bhutanese tourist town. Shabana, who says she can barely drive back in Mumbai, has to "shift gears, talk on the cellphone and emote, all at the same time" for a scene to be shot sometime later. In a week's time, she has to become a computer pro too—she can only peck at the keys with one finger right now. But then, no one said acting in an Aparna Sen film would be easy.

Least of all in 15, Park Avenue, a complex, many-layered drama in English about a schizophrenic woman and her troubled relationship with her family. The film, which also stars Aparna's daughter Konkona Sen Sharma, Waheeda Rehman, Rahul Bose, Shefali Shah, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Kanwaljeet and Soumitra Chatterjee in a cameo, is currently being shot in Bhutan and Calcutta.

There's always curiosity about a new Aparna Sen film, and not just in Bengal. In 2003, she picked up the Best...


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