She could not have got a better birthday gift than getting a film released just 3 days prior to her birthday i.e. AAJA NACH LE and Konkona Sen Sharma became one of the very fortunate few from the present times who could share the frame with Madhuri Dixit. This opportunity has been made available only to a Karisma Kapoor and an Aishwarya Rai therefore Konkona Sen Sharma is indeed in an exclusive category.
From the times when she made her debut in MR. AND MRS. IYER opposite Rahul Bose in the film directed by her mother she has been able to carve out a special niche for herself. This niche is characterized by the ability to strive to go into the skin of the character and deliver performances in a manner to make the audience sit up and take notice, that too without indulging in skin show of any kind. The performances of Konkona right from her first film remind one about the striking parallels that she has with that of Smita Patil. Which heroine would have the cudgels to make a debut in the form of a wedded lady in a Hindi cinema? It would really be difficult to find a comparison of this kind across various reference points, but it is indicative of her ability to be able to get into the skin of the character that she did in this role.
Encore of the same was found in PAGE-3 where Konkona again established herself as the actor who cannot be taken for granted and with the role that she essayed in OMKARA she established herself as an actor of consequence. The confidence of her abilities as an actor came out in impacted manner in OMKARA in the way she was able to etch the character of a village belly from the Central UP who had a disdain for whatever was happening around. This was followed by TRAFFIC SIGNAL and she once again emphasized that she was a director's actor. LIFE IN A METRO may not have made the mark but Konkona with her performance was able to make her presence felt. With AAJA NACH LE she has been able to carve a place for herself against Madhuri Dixit.
Any other heroine would have thought twice before enacting the role that she did of the ugly duckling with a perpetual running nose in presence of Madhuri Dixit but she has been successful in her attempt. This was evident more so in the ballet which forms the climax of the film. The clumsy manner in which she has portrayed her character in the beginning of the film and the transformation that the character undergoes is a pointer towards a performer who is very focused in her approach towards the business of acting. Having now proved her prowess, as a dancer, and having a terrific timing for comedy it would be of interest to watch her in a full-fledged comic role. Till date, her roles have had an element of crusade written in a subtle manner and she by her performances does bring back memories of Smita Patil, and therefore advent of Konkona Sen Sharma is a good omen for the Hindi films.