In a recent interview given to Harper’s Bazaar, Konkona Sen Sharma revealed that they don’t feel entirely connected to the concept of gender.
“I don’t view myself as a woman. I see myself as being completely neutral. Gender is a taught concept that I don’t relate to. Even when I have to be very feminine in a film, I have to learn how to. There’s no one way of being a woman or a man or anything in between. I’ve always felt a bit androgynous,” they said in an interview to Harper’s Bazaar.
The actor opened up about not always feeling comfortable fitting in even as a child. They credited their upbringing and said that it helped them adjust to this experience. They further elaborated by saying that the conformity or the uniformity in gender roles feels ‘claustrophobic’ to them.
They describe their own parenting philosophy with regards to their child, Haroon, as one that teaches him to be a freethinker with a healthy tolerance for society.
Konkona has been vocal about the narrow range of acceptability in Bollywood in the past and their production house has made it a point to bring more queer narratives to the forefront.