She is the daughter of noted filmmaker-actress Aparna Sen and made her debut in the silver screen as a child artist in the film INDIRA in 1983. Konkona appears primarily in Indian art house and independent films, and her achievements in the genre have established her as one of the leading actresses of contemporary parallel cinema.
The actress debuted as an adult in the Bengali thriller EK JE AACHHE KANYA in 2000. However, she first garnered fame with the English-language film MR. AND MRS. IYER in 2002, which was directed by her mother.
The film bagged her National Film Award for Best Actress.
Her appearance in the drama PAGE 3 in 2005 got her wider recognition from audiences, and she has since then starred in a number of films, most of which have garnered her critical praise rather than commercial success.
She won two consecutive Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Awards for her performances in OMKARA (2006) and LIFE IN A... METRO (2007) respectively. Her performance in the former won her a second National Award under the Best Supporting Actress category.
Her performance in DOSAR, a Bengali art film by Rituporno Ghosh was not only praised but the film was also premiered at several international film festivals.
She has acted in a number of mainstream Hindi films like LAAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG, AAJA NACHLE, LUCK BY CHANCE, WAKE UP SID, ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE and EK THI DAAYAN among others.
Some of her other Bengali noted films are ITI MRINALINI, SHESHER KOBITA, SHUNYO AWNKO and GOYNAR BAKSHO.
Her upcoming films include SUNGLASS, AMAVAS and GULEL.