Her hair trimmed to a long bob and in a beige suit, Raima Sen looked liked she’d walked out of a corporate meeting. She is in town to shoot for Rituparno Ghosh’s Sunglass, where she is making a guest appearance. HT City caught up with heron Thursday afternoon.
Even before a word was mentioned, Raima knew what was coming up. The drama, over the last few days, has been around her grandmother, Suchitra Sen, getting the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. "Some journalists are waiting at my house for me," she says exasperatedly. "I don’t know what is happening. My parents know but I have no idea," she prefers to play safe.
However, like a proud grand-daughter, she adds that she would definitely love to see her grandmother getting the award. "If she gets it, yes she deserves it. But so what if she doesn’t? It doesn’t really make a difference," she says, adding that she spoke to jury member Mrinal Sen, and he, too, was surprised at the stories floating around. "It hasn’t been decided yet he told me,” says Raima, who has many releases coming up, including Mukhbir, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, Eklavya, Meridian, Khela and The Bong Connection.
With different kinds of roles and different kinds of directors, for Raima, being the main lead is not really important. “I am happy because I am getting to learn different things,” says the actor.
Coming to Mani Shankar’s Mukhbir, which explores the link between espionage and the underworld, she plays the innocent. “Everybody knows what’s happening except my character. I am the only person that Sammir (Dattani) trusts and with whom he can talk,” says Raima, who also has Dus hero Suniel Shetty starring with her in the movie.
Incidentally, Sammir and she did the Valentine’s Day music video for Rajshri years back. If there is one film that Raima is really looking forward to, it is Reema Kagti’s Honeymoon …, where she is paired opposite Kay Kay Menon. “Kay Kay and I play a Bengali couple. I am waiting for that as it’s my first comedy and there are lot of firsts in that movie,” says Raima, who is also the brand ambassador for Lakme.
In Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavya The Royal Guard, she is part of an ensemble cast with Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore and Saif Ali Khan among
others. Raima is proud of the film. “It’s a small part but very significant,” she adds, before heading for the next shot.