Lives of actresses are very short, says Aparna Sen


Aparna Sen, Bengali actor-director was introduced to cinema by Satyajit Ray. The mother of Bollywood actress, Konkana Sensharma, Sen has directed award-winning films such as 36 Chowringhee Lane, Sati, Paroma and Yuganto. Her films, like with many auteurs of Bengal, are a coming to terms with home, womanhood and the family. She talks of her over 50-year-old cinematic journey.

All artistes have a unifying theme running through their work. What’s yours?
Loneliness, feminist issues and the surreal especially have appeared and reappeared through my work. The sea catching fire in,Yuganto; Konkona’s character finding an address that does not exist in, 15 Park Avenue; the dream sequences in, Paroma, the shot of Shabana’s character in the arms of the tree, dead and broken after a