Mayukh Majumdar talks to Konkona Sen Sharma, who’s profitable plaudits for her bravura act within the gripping sequence Mumbai Diaries.

Konkona Sen Sharma’s newest web-series, Mumbai Diaries, has been incomes rave critiques on social media and has already develop into a critics’ favorite. Mumbai Diaries offers with the plight of medical professionals throughout the 26/11 terrorist assaults within the metropolis. Together with the Taj Palace and Leopold Café, Mumbai’s CAMA hospital had additionally witnessed the worst of the 26/11 assaults. There was information at the moment about medical doctors and nurses delivering infants in silence whereas the hospital was overrun by terrorists. Konkona performs the position of the hospital’s social providers director, Chitra Das within the present. Konkona’s character is the sufferer of home abuse which leaves her nearly crippled with worry and trauma. On the identical time, she often places herself in her sufferers’ sneakers and helps them lead happier lives. After which, in fact, 26/11 occurs and Chitra Das has to rise to the event alongside her colleagues. On this candid interview, Konkona talks about her character’s progress, the assaults on medical doctors in authorities hospitals, the politicisation of the “spirit of Mumbai” and the way it is just in moments of worry, that one can present braveness. Excerpts…

Inform us a bit of about your character, Chitra Das?

Chitra Das is the social providers director of a hospital. She has a medical background however she isn’t a physician. As we all know, on 26/11, many individuals went out of their method, to assist others. She is one in every of these folks. She can be somebody who’s coping with lots of emotional baggage from the previous. And curiously, what I appreciated about her, is that she is somebody who’s weak and thru the course of time has to beat it. And he or she goes by means of a sure progress the place she is ready to present large braveness by the tip of the season.

Actors say they’ll actually chunk into their characters within the OTT area as a result of they’re given ample time to settle in. Within the case of Mumbai Diaries, how does Chitra evolve? As a result of the sequence takes place over a number of days.

Chitra goes from a place of vulnerability to a place of energy. The people who find themselves courageous are literally people who find themselves scared. It’s a option to be courageous as a result of when you’re not scared, then it’s no large deal. However if you’re scared and you’re weak, and then you definately go to a place of braveness, that requires bravery and that’s what occurs with Chitra. In a present like this, which is over only a matter of few hours or days, there’s not lots of time to do character growth. I imply, you may present particulars of the character and so on but it surely’s not a personality drama. It’s nearly like a thriller as a result of there are occasions unfolding on the identical time. And excessive occasions at that. So, in a sequence, you often have the area to delve into characterisation, go into peripheral characters and go into extra element however right here, as a result of we’ve got chosen a time stamp on all the pieces, it’s a really completely different sort of a present. It’s a personality primarily based present, it’s a medical drama which has the sensation of a thriller.

 

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Within the present, the medical doctors are engaged on the victims of the phobia assaults and likewise on the terrorists answerable for such devastation and destruction.

I believe that’s an important factor that Nikhil Advani is saying by means of the sequence, that medical doctors have truly taken an oath and they’re supposed to avoid wasting all human lives on the scene. They don’t seem to be supposed to have a look at the morality of an individual, the color of their pores and skin, their career or whether or not they’re criminals. And it have to be so troublesome for the medical doctors, once they can see that the lives of their colleagues and their family members have been affected by these terrorists. However, in a broader sense, I’d say that in any ER on the planet, medical doctors are supposed to answer human life. They don’t seem to be purported to ask what faith you’re from, what your caste is. They ask you what your blood group is and what your allergy symptoms are. The opposite stuff is for the justice system to cope with. Docs have to avoid wasting lives. The courts and regulation and order need to cope with the remainder of it.When COVID-19 struck, medical professionals have been on the frontline and anticipated to battle a virus that nobody had ever heard of.

I’m somebody who’s from a really privileged background and has entry to the very best medical care however that isn’t the case for a lot of the nation. In authorities hospitals, even in an enormous metropolis like Mumbai, the state of affairs is sort of dangerous. So, you’ve gotten lots of overcrowding, an enormous scarcity of beds, of medical provides, of apparatus and lack of infrastructure and it is extremely, very troublesome not only for the sufferers who don’t have entry to primary medical care. Nevertheless it’s very troublesome for the medical doctors to work underneath these circumstances and medical doctors are usually not gods. We do consider them like that typically however they aren’t gods who can create miracles on a regular basis, they want that sort of help to bolster them. That’s one thing which is sorely missing and that may be a tragedy – and a actuality on this nation. Plus, on prime of that, you probably have a state of affairs like 26/11 or the pandemic, it’s so difficult for frontline staff. That can be what our present is coping with. And , despite the fact that I’ve lived by means of the 26/11 assaults – I wasn’t in Mumbai however I used to be dwelling in Mumbai on the time – I by no means actually noticed it from the within of a authorities hospital. And the way they labored in such extraordinary circumstances… That was a really new factor for me.

 

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Of late, we’ve even heard of medical doctors being attacked by the aggrieved family of people that sadly couldn’t be saved…
You recognize, that’s the reason we’ve got to boost consciousness about how troublesome it’s for medical doctors. They don’t seem to be geniuses or gods performing miracles on a regular basis and likewise, they can not carry out in a vacuum. They will’t simply produce magic out of skinny air. They need to have the tools, they need to have the nurses and the group. We’ve got to help the frontline staff and the primary responders in order that they can do their jobs.

 

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After each horrible factor that occurs in Mumbai, folks discuss in regards to the “spirit of Mumbai”. Your tackle that.
Properly, it’s a really handy factor the place something will occur and you may count on the spirit of Mumbai to proceed however actually what selection do folks have? In the event that they need to run their houses, they need to go to work. And when there’s disaster, it’s not like folks can determine ki “oh, now we is not going to proceed”. They nonetheless need to run their houses and put meals on the desk. So, they don’t actually have a selection. I imply, it’s a tremendous factor that after 26/11, the following day the native trains have been up and working. That’s loopy and admirable additionally however I don’t know at what price. And it shouldn’t need to be like this, that’s what I’m saying.

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