Veteran filmmaker Aparna Sen says actresses Shabana Azmi and Lillete Dubeyagreed to be a part of her upcoming English directorial ‘Sonata’ without even listening to the script. Sonata is based on Mahesh Eklunchwar’s 2000 play of the same name about three single working women in Mumbai. One is a journalist, another a Sanskrit teacher and the third employed with a MNC.
They had aligned themselves with the woman’s movement but 30 years later abandon it to opt for marriage and kids. The play explores the theme of loneliness and bonding, solidarity that flourish despite their differences. Aparna will also be seen acting in the film.
Earlier news buzz was that Shabana singing two Rabindra sangeets in the film. Aparna got her a coach in Sharoni Sen. “Sharoni has been encouraging and patient. Javed (husband Javed Akhtar) pushed her. When I’m terrified, I feel challenged. It was because of Rina, Sharoni and Javed’s confidence that I was able to pull it off, that made me dare to attempt singing,” said Shabana
Talking about acting in her own directorial venture, Aparna, says it was quite a task to manage both the departments. “It is very difficult to act and direct at the same time in a film. You don’t get the benefit of supervision. It is very difficult to say which you like the more.”
Explaining why she opted to make ‘Sonata’ in English, the filmmaker, who has also written the movie, says, While the original play had been written in English, all the three characters hail from different parts of India and hence naturally they would converse in English.
Her daughter Konkona Sen Sharma, a renowned actress, has followed Aparna’s steps and turned director. She made her directorial debut last year with critically-acclaimed ‘A Death in the Gunj’.
A woman may have found the love of her life, but it’s her girlfriends who are and will always be her soulmates. And that feeling is beautifully portrayed in the trailer of Aparna Sen’s next film, Sonata.
The film follows the lives of three older single women and how their friendship sees them through their highs and lows, as they laugh, bond and pour their hearts out over wine. With three talented actors, Shabana Azmi, Lillete Dubey and Aparna Sen, and an interesting plot, this film looks promising enough to get us impatient for its release.