Actor-director Konkona Sen Sharma talks about the overwhelming response to Neeraj Ghaywan’s film Geeli Pucchi, one of the four stories featured in Netflix’s Ajeeb Daastaans which talks about Dalit rights and the LGBTQ community. Excerpts from an interview with Lachmi Deb Roy.
Making ‘Bharti Mandal’ look so real in Geeli Puchi
I hadn’t done something like this before. But I have seen some performances and they deeply affected me. In 2016, I watched Below Her Mouth, a lesbian love story in which an actress called Erika Linder played the butch character. Her performance stayed with me and I think somewhere it really inspired me. Four years later, I got this role and I could really relate to that character. Another film that is very close to my heart is Boys Don’t Cry by Hilary Swank. So, the precedent had already been set in my mind and I have already seen portrayals like this.
Again, I have also seen many...