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Aparna Sen

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WHEN APARNA SEN decides to shoot a film, it's always news. So it was no different with the pre-release for "15, Park Avenue". While depicting schizophrenia was a daunting task, Sen made sure that all the nuances in the film were just right.

"We took a lot of help from the medical community" said Sen, adding that the character of the young schizophrenic girl, played by her daughter, Konkona, was actually based on someone they knew. "But," added Sen, "for me it was very important, more than all the technical details, to have the human interest angle right. The question of which reality represents whose point of view had been bothering me for a long time." She feels that the biggest selling point of the film is its cast. "They are all outstanding actors and have delivered sterling performances," said Sen.

Directing her own daughter in some scenes was not daunting. "Even the kissing scene, it was just right there. I had a clinical approach to it."

SUCHITRA BEHAL

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