17 January, 2021

“I Would Love To Carry The Bequest Of My Dida, But With My Own Persona”

In a freewheeling interview, Raima Sen looks back at her journey as an actress, her memorable roles in Hindi and Bengali cinema, sibling rivalry at home with Riya Sen, her mother’s foray into politics and, above all, her legendary grandmother’s decision to turn a recluse at the height of her fame.

“I Would Love To Carry The Bequest Of My Dida, But With My Own Persona”

Comparisons with her iconic maternal grandmother Suchitra Sen (1931-2014) were perhaps inevitable when Raima Sen ­impressed critics with Chokher Bali (2003) at the very outset of her career. Undaunted by the heft of huge expectations, Raima gradually evolved on her own as a “thinking” actress, doing an array of meaningful movies in both Hindi and Bengali cinema over the years. In conversation with Giridhar Jha, she talks about her career, family, her ­actress-mother Moon Moon Sen’s foray into politics and, above all, why her legendary grandmother chose to turn into a ­recluse at the height of her popularity. Excerpts from the interview:

How has your journey in Hindi films been since your debut in Godmother (1999)? Many believe you should have been in the ‘top league’ with the kind of promise you showed quite early in your career with Chokher Bali?



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