Raima Sen

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Raima Sen
Raima Sen at HM store launch in Kolkata (6) (cropped).jpg
Raima Sen at HM store launch in Kolkata on 2017.
Born
Raima Dev Varma

(1979-11-07) 7 November 1979 (age 41)
OccupationActress
Years active1999present
Parent(s)Moon Moon Sen (mother)
Bharat Dev Varma (father)
RelativesRiya Sen (sister)
Suchitra Sen (grandmother)

Raima Sen (born Raima Dev Varma on 7 November 1979)[1] is an Indian actress who is known for her work in Bengali and Hindi Film industry.

Early life[edit]

Raima Sen was born on 7 November 1979 in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) to Moon Moon Sen and Bharat Dev Barma and the granddaughter of actress Suchitra Sen who is regarded as the "Mahanayika" of Bengali Cinema. Her sister Riya Sen is also in the Bollywood industry.[1] Their father Bharat Dev Varma is a member of the royal family of Tripura.[citation needed] Her paternal grandmother, Ila Devi, was the princess of Cooch Behar, whose younger sister Gayatri Devi was the Maharani of Jaipur.[citation needed] Her paternal great-grandmother Indira was the only daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda.[2][3]

Raima's maternal great-grandfather Adinath Sen was a prominent Kolkata businessman, whose son Dinanath Sen – a relative of former Union Law Minister Ashoke Kumar Sen- was the Diwan or a Minister of the Maharaja of Tripura.[4] The sisters are credited on-screen under their mother's maiden name, although their official papers carry the surname Dev Varma.[5]

Career[edit]

Sen made her debut in the film Godmother, which was a critically acclaimed[by whom?] success, but her minor role may have been overlooked in favour of the protagonist, played by Shabana Azmi. She then starred in the film Daman playing Raveena Tandon's daughter, where her small performance was appreciated.

Her breakthrough role came when she starred in the Rituparno Ghosh's film Chokher Bali. After a few more average movies she had a critically acclaimed[by whom?] hit in 2005 with Parineeta, where she played the playmate of the film's heroine, played by the debutante Vidya Balan. Since then she has had two more hits with the action thriller Dus and the Bengali film Antar Mahal (where she had a very small role). In 2006, she appeared in the film The Bong Connection (co-starring Shayan Munshi). In 2007, she worked in the thriller Manorama Six Feet Under with Abhay Deol. In 2011, she starred in the hit Bengali film Baishe Srabon, opposite Parambrata Chatterjee.

2014 saw Sen as the leading lady in the critically acclaimed Hrid Majharey, the first Bengali movie based on the works of William Shakespeare, and presented as a tribute on the 450th year of birth of the Bard.[6][7] She co-stars with Abir Chatterjee and Indrasish Roy in this dark love-story by debutant filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh.[8] The film has earned a rare recommendation from the very prestigious Film London in its list of world cinema based on the plays of Shakespeare.[9] The film and its screenplay have also been included in the prestigious UGC Literature Archive.[10] It is also famous for being the only other Bengali film after Sabuj Dweeper Raja (1979) to be shot in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.[11][12][13]

In 2016, she was seen in Bollywood Diaries, a film written and directed by K.D. Satyam. The film also stars Ashish Vidyarthi and Salim Diwan.[14] Amazon Prime The Last Hour [15] Web Series will release in 2020 Ending in this series Raima Sen and sanjay kapoor playing the main role this series directed by Amit Kumar.

Personal life[edit]

Sen is said to resemble her grandmother much more than either her mother or her sister.[16] In an interview, she says while she enjoys Mumbai's faster pace of life, its gyms and its nightclubs, she misses her family in Kolkata, her dog Cuddles, and Kolkata's street food, notably Jhal Muri and Aloo chaat.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1999 Godmother Sejal Hindi
2001 Daman Deepa Saikia
2002 Nil Nirjane Bengali
Chokher Bali Ashalata
Fun2shh... Dudes in the 10th Century Junali Hindi
2003 Kuch Dil Ne Kaha
2004 Shakti Manasi Bengali
2005 Antar Mahal Rukmini
Dhairyam Mallika Telugu
Nishijapon Bengali
Parineeta Koel Hindi
99.9 FM Kim G. Singh
Dus Priya
2006 The Bong Connection Bengali
Anuranan
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Princess Nandini Hindi
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Milly P. Sen
Yatra
Manorama Six Feet Under Sheetal
Migration Yamuna Short film
Meridian Lines Jyoti
2008 Khela Bengali
Dhariya
C Kkompany Priya Hindi
Mukhbiir
2009 Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye Maya
Mumbai Cutting
2010 The Japanese Wife Sandhya Bengali
Memories in March Sahana Chowdhury English (Partly in Bengali & Hindi)
Teen Patti Shivani Mukherjee Hindi
Notobor Notout Bengali
Mirch Maya/Manjula Hindi
2011 Noukadubi Hemnalini Bengali (Dubbed in Hindi as Kashmakash)
Baishe Srabon Amrita
Veeraputhran Kunhi Bevathu Malayalam[18]
2012 Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish Bengali
Abosheshey Nandini
Koyekti Meyer Golpo Rini
3 Bachelors Neha Hindi
2013 Maach Mishti & More Ishani Bengali Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor Supporting Role (Female) – Bengali
I, Me, aur Main Beena Chandok Hindi
Hawa Bodol Tanuka/Tanu Bengali
Shabdo Tarukh's wife
Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends
Ganesh Talkies[19] Shaban
Sunglass
2014 Chaya Manush
Children of War Hindi
Baari Tar Bangla Abanti Bengali
Hrid Majharey Debjani
2015 Abby Sen
Kaagaz Ke Fools Rubina Hindi
Roga Howar Sohoj Upay Bengali
2016 Bollywood Diaries Imli Hindi
Monchora Nanda Bengali
Bastu Shaap Banya Dasgupta/Bony
Khawto Bengali
2017 ESP-Ekti Rohosso Golpo Bengali
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2018 Vodka Diaries Roshni Banerjee Hindi
Sitara[20][circular reference] Ashis Roy Bengali
3 Dev Bhairavi Hindi
2006 Varanasi – The Untold[21]
Reunion Murari Mohan Rakshit Bengali
2019 Agni Siragugal Smitha Tamil
2020 Dwitiyo Purush Amrita Bengali

Web Series[edit]

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2017 Hello Nandita Hoichoi
2019 Parchhayee Julie ZEE5 [22]
2019 Love Bites ZEE5
2019 Eat Sleep Repeat Sanjana Zee5
2020 The Last Hour Amazon Prime
2020 Black Widows ZEE5
2020 Forbidden Love Sudha ZEE5

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Raima Sen". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ COOCH BEHAR (Princely State), University of Queensland; Retrieved: 2008-04-18
  3. ^ Geraldine Forbes et al., The new Cambridge history of India, page 135, Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-521-26727-7
  4. ^ Chatterji, Shoma A. (2002). Suchitra Sen: A Legend in Her Lifetime . Rupa & Co. ISBN 81-7167-998-6.
  5. ^ Mukherjee, Amrita (24 January 2004). "Will you change your surname after marriage?". Times of India. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Love, and jealousy, 450 years after the Bard – The Times of India".
  7. ^ "Hrid Majharey (Bengali) / Dark but honest".
  8. ^ "Abir-Raima jodi-The pair comes together in Ranjan Ghosh's first film". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Film London launches Shakespeare India".
  10. ^ "Hrid Majharey part of JU project".
  11. ^ "Andaman album Hrid Majharey maker Ranjan Ghosh shares his andaman album with t2".[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Actress Raima Sen in city :::: Shooting of Bengali Film 'Hrid Majharay' in AFC".
  13. ^ "I was awe-struck on visiting Cellular Jail: Abir".
  14. ^ "Raima Sen to play a Sonagachi sex worker in KD Satyam's Bollywood Diaries". India.com. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  15. ^ "The Last Hour". webseriesreviews.com. 25 April 2020.
  16. ^ "'I want to do what Rani did in Black'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  17. ^ "'I want to do what Rani did in Black'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  18. ^ "Sharath Kumar instead of Lal – Malayalam Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  19. ^ "Ganesh Talkies". The Times of India. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  20. ^ "sitara Bengali Movie".
  21. ^ "Raima gears up for a new thriller". The Times of India. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Anju Mahendroo, Raima Sen, Saloni Batra, Sajjad Delafrooz in ZEE5's ghost stories of Ruskin Bond". IWM Buzz. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  23. ^ "69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007". www.bfjaawards.com. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2008.

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