Raima Sen

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Not to be confused with Reemma Sen, Rimi Sen, or Riya Sen.
Raima Sen
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Native name রাইমা সেন
Born (1979-11-07) 7 November 1979 (age 35)
Kolkata, West bengal, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Parent(s) Moon Moon Sen (mother)
Bharat Dev Varma (father)
Relatives Riya Sen (sister)
Suchitra Sen (grand mother)

Raima Sen (born Raima Dev Varma on 7 November 1979[1]) is an Indian film actress who primarily appears in Bengali films. Her performances have been acclaimed critically on more than one occasion.

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of Moon Moon Sen and Bharat Dev Barma and the granddaughter of actress Suchitra Sen. Her sister Riya Sen is also in the Bollywood industry. Their father Bharat Dev Varma is a member of the royal family of Tripura.[2] Her paternal grandmother, Ila Devi, was the princess of Cooch Behar, whose younger sister Gayatri Devi was the Maharani of Jaipur.[2] Her paternal great-grandmother Indira was the only daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda.[3][4] 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.[5] The sisters are credited on-screen under their mother's maiden name, although their official papers carry the surname Dev Varma.[6]

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.

She has signed her first Tamil film and she is expected to do more South Indian films.

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.[7][8] She co-stars with Abir Chatterjee and Indrasish Roy in this dark love-story by debutant filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh.[9] 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.[10] The film and its screenplay have also been included in the prestigious UGC Literature Archive.[11] 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.[12][13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Raima's public profile and image is much lower-key and more demure than that of her sister Riya who has been compared more to their mother. Raima is also said to resemble her grandmother much more than either her mother or her sister.[15] Journalists who meet her describe her as easy to talk to, and devoid of starry airs.

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.[16]

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Other notes
1999 Godmother Sejal Hindi
2001 Daman Deepa Saikia Hindi
2003 Nil Nirjane Bengali
Chokher Bali Ashalata Bengali
Fun2shh... Dudes in the 10th Century Junali Hindi
2004 Shakti Manasi Bengali
2005 Antar Mahal Rukmini Bengali
Dhairyam Mallika Telugu
Nishijapon Bengali
Parineeta Koel Hindi
99.9 FM Kim G. Singh Hindi
Dus Priya Hindi
2006 The Bong Connection Bengali
Anuranan Bengali
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Princess Nandini Hindi
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Milly P. Sen Hindi
Yatra Hindi
Manorama Six Feet Under Sheetal Hindi
Migration Yamuna Hindi Short film
Meridian Lines Jyoti
2008 Khela Bengali
Dhariya
C Kkompany Priya Hindi
Mukhbiir Hindi
2009 Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye Maya Hindi
Mumbai Cutting
2010 The Japanese Wife Sandhya Bengali
Memories in March Sahana Chowdhury English (Partly in Bengali & Hindi)
Teen Patti Shivani Mukherjee Hindi
Natobar Not Out Bengali
Mirch Maya/Manjula Hindi
2011 Noukadubi / Kashmakash (Hindi dubbed version) Hemnalini Bengali/Hindi
Baishe Srabon Amrita Bengali
Veeraputhran Kunhi Bevathu Malayalam [18]
2012 Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish Bengali
Abosheshey Nandini Bengali
Koyekti Meyer Golpo Rini Bengali
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 Bengali
Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends Bengali
Ganesh Talkies [19] Shaban Bengali
Sunglass Bengali
2014 Chaya Manush Bengali
Children of War Hindi
Baari Tar Bangla Abanti Bengali
Hrid Majharey Debjani Bengali

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