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.
Native nameরাইমা সেন
BornRaima Dev Varma
(1978-11-07) 7 November 1978 (age 40)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Years active1999–present
Parent(s)Moon Moon Sen (mother)
Bharat Dev Varma (father)
RelativesRiya Sen (sister)
Suchitra Sen (grand mother)

Raima Sen (born Raima Dev Varma on 7 November 1978) is an Indian film actress who primarily works in Bengali and Hindi Film industry.

Early life[edit]

Raima Sen was born on 7 November 1978 in Mumbai, Maharashtra to Moon Moon Sen and Bharat Dev Barma and the granddaughter of actress Suchitra Sen who was once 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.[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]


Sen with her mother Moon Moon Sen

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.[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]

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.[15]

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]


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
2002 Kuch Dil Ne Kaha 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
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
2015 Abby Sen Bengali
2015 Kaagaz Ke Fools Rubina Hindi
2015 Roga Howar Sohoj Upay Bengali
2016 Bollywood Diaries Imli Hindi
Monchora Nanda Bengali
2016 Bastu Shaap Banya Dasgupta/Bony Bengali
2016 Khawto Bengali
ESP-Ekti Rohosso Golpo Bengali
89 Bengali
2018 Vodka Diaries Roshni Banerjee Hindi
2018 Sitara Ashish Roy Bengali
2018 3 Dev Bhairavi Hindi
2018 2006 Varanasi – The Untold[20] Hindi

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  1. ^ "Raima Sen". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Buyers, Christopher. "The Manikya Dynasty: Genealogy". Royal Ark India. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  3. ^ COOCH BEHAR (Princely State), University of Queensland; Retrieved: 2008-04-18
  4. ^ Geraldine Forbes et al., The new Cambridge history of India, page 135, Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-521-26727-7
  5. ^ Chatterji, Shoma A. (2002). Suchitra Sen: A Legend in Her Lifetime . Rupa & Co. ISBN 81-7167-998-6.
  6. ^ Mukherjee, Amrita (24 January 2004). "Will you change your surname after marriage?". Times of India. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  7. ^ "Love, and jealousy, 450 years after the Bard – The Times of India".
  8. ^ "Hrid Majharey (Bengali) / Dark but honest".
  9. ^ "Abir-Raima jodi-The pair comes together in Ranjan Ghosh's first film". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Film London launches Shakespeare India".
  11. ^ "Hrid Majharey part of JU project".
  12. ^ "Andaman album Hrid Majharey maker Ranjan Ghosh shares his andaman album with t2".[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Actress Raima Sen in city :::: Shooting of Bengali Film 'Hrid Majharay' in AFC".
  14. ^ "I was awe-struck on visiting Cellular Jail: Abir".
  15. ^ "Raima Sen to play a Sonagachi sex worker in KD Satyam's Bollywood Diaries". India.com. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  16. ^ "'I want to do what Rani did in Black'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  17. ^ "'I want to do what Rani did in Black'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  18. ^ "Sharath Kumar instead of Lal – Malayalam Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  19. ^ "Ganesh Talkies". The Times of India. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  20. ^ "Raima gears up for a new thriller". The Times of India. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  21. ^ "69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007". www.bfjaawards.com. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 2008-10-24.

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