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Konkona Sen Sharma Reveals Real-Life Inspiration Behind ‘Lust Stories 2’

The anthology 'Lust Stories 2' featured four short films, with one titled 'The Mirror' directed by Konkona Sen Sharma.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Jan 14, 2024 15:08 IST
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Konkona Sen Sharma took on the role of a director for the anthology series Lust Stories 2, which premiered on Netflix. The anthology featured four short films, with one titled ‘The Mirror’ directed by Konkona Sen Sharma. In a recent interview, the actress-turned-director discussed the projects and admitted that the movie was inspired by real-life incidents.

In an interview with ANI, Konkona Sen Sharma discussed the project, revealing that the anthology series, which utilizes lust as a lens to delve into issues of sexuality, desire, and class disparities, drew inspiration from a true story. She admitted that initially, she had no intentions of directing the film. Still, her partner Ashi Dua persuaded her to take on the directorial role for Lust Stories 2.


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Discussing the creative process, Konkona Sen Sharma shared, “So, I had lust on my mind, looking for lust stories, and you don’t want to just portray lust straightforwardly because it can be a little boring since everybody knows about it. So I wanted to mix it with motherhood or something interesting.” She then recounted her friend sharing a real-life incident when she spoke to her maid, which served as inspiration for the project.

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Recalling the creative process, Konkona shared that she heard a real-life story from a friend who, living alone, experienced a similar situation with her maid. In that instance, there was no conversation; the friend extended her hand, the maid handed the key, and the story concluded. Konkona placed herself in that situation, contemplating how one would deal with it. The actress acknowledged that, in the story, both characters were engaged in something wrong, and she deliberately avoided delving into the morality of it.

Konkona Sen Sharma also explored the taboo surrounding female sexuality, expressing her desire to bring attention to the fact that women in any class or society can barely acknowledge their own desires. She emphasized the importance of open conversations, wanting these aspects to be spoken out loud since society has normalized them without truly understanding or humanizing certain individuals.

During the same conversation, she admitted to being apprehensive about how people might react to the story, stating that she hadn’t thought so far ahead during the writing process and even shocked herself at times, questioning how they could write it in such a way.

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First published on: Jan 14, 2024 03:08 PM IST

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