Actress and Model Raima Sen talks about her films, family and life in a candid interview.
Place of birth
Loreto House School, Rani Birla Girls' College,Kolkata
High point of your life
Playing Ashalata in Chokher Bali (2003)
Low point of your life
The year 2011
Currently I am...
Looking forward to the release of The Bastard Child. I've just finished a film with Vinay Pathak and am shooting for Being Kolkata, a Bengali movie with my mother and sister
If you weren't an actress you would have been...
I am yet to find that out.
Are you more like your mother or your grandmother?
I am more like my mother, Moon Moon Sen.
What was shooting The Bastard Child like?
It was fun. There were a lot of light-hearted moments during the shoot; we filmed 21 nights in a row and would get done by 8am. We learnt a lot about the 1971 Bangladesh genocide from director Mrityunjay Devvrat.
What do you think of the women's movement today?
Women are more empowered today. Earlier, they weren't even allowed to step out of the house. Now there are powerful women around us. But in many places, women are still ill-treated. We should be taught to be stronger physically and emotionally.
What kind of films do you like?
Dramas and thrillers.
A classic film you'd have loved to be part of.
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962).
You have three minutes to pack, what do you take with you?
Handbag, jacket and credit card.
The best thing about Bollywood.
It keeps moving, changing.
The best thing about your mother.
She is very charming and has an amazing sense of humour.
Your favourite haunt in Kolkata.
Who is your 3am friend?
Mainak Bhaumik, the Bengali film director and my friend.
Your strategy in a crisis.
Always go with the flow.
Your favourite street food.
Puchka (the local version of pani puri) you get in Kolkata.
The best thing about your sister, Riya is...
She is very humorous.
The biggest risk you have taken.
Skydiving in Chicago.
One director you want to work with.
A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
Don't rush. There's no rush.
One song that describes your current state of mind?
Somebody that I used to know by Gotye.
The last thing you bought for under Rs 10.
A black sari or a black dress, which do you prefer?
A black dress.
Three skincare products you can't do without.
Toner, scrub and a good moisturiser.
What's on your bedside table?
Night cream, water, a picture of God and some containers.
The last line of your autobiography would read…
I enjoy life... every moment.
From HT Brunch, December 15
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