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I am actually quite wicked: Raima

Raima Sen feels that an actor's roles can mislead people about the actors themselves. Ritika Chopra speaks to the star.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2007 19:07 IST

With almost eight years in the industry and having acted in over 15 films, Raima Sen believes that her career as an actor has just taken off. HT City caught up with Sen on the sets of The Japanese Wife.

Excerpts of an interview:

First, let’s get one thing clear. Were you at the AbhiAsh wedding?
No! I don’t understand why everyone is asking me this question. For some reason this rumour is confined to Kolkata.

Tell us about your character in the film.
I play a widow who has an eight-year-old son in the film. My character has been through a lot. She is quiet, reserved and dignified.

Audiences haven’t seen you in a lead role as yet…
I have decided not to play the second lead in films anymore. The Japanese Wife would be the last project where audiences would see Raima playing a supporting character. I would obviously make an exception for a big banner film where I know that I would get noticed even in a small role. That apart, I am going to be a bit choosy.

<b1>You have been in the industry for a while now. Does it bother you that the media still introduces you as Moon Moon Sen’s daughter and Suchitra Sen’s granddaughter?
On the contrary, I am quite proud of that. I am happy that I have such a good background. Why should it irk me?

Don’t you want an identity of your own?
My family is important to me. There’s no reason why I should have a problem with such introductions.

Ok, so did this background make your foray into films easy?
My mother never went around asking directors and producers to cast me in their films. Yes, getting my first film was a cakewalk, but after that my dues as an actor have been trickling in at a slow pace. I guess that means that I am going to last really long in this industry.

Riya and you come across as people who are poles apart. While she’s in the news for both right and wrong reasons, you’ve usually stayed away from the spotlight...
(She interrupts) Riya and I are not at all different. People have different perceptions about us because of the kind of roles we play in films. What they need to realise is that we are not the characters we play on screen. I might come across as a reticent and reserved person, but people will be surprised to know that I am actually quite wicked and naughty.

What else are you working on?
Currently, this is the only film I am acting in. I do have a couple of scripts waiting for me in Mumbai.