Rii’s has already grabbed quite a few eyeballs as Basanti in the trailer of X: Past Is Present, an anthology film that also marks the actor’s Bollywood debut. The trailer ends with K (Rajat Kapoor) requesting his maid Basanti to help him write a story. X: Past Is Present has 11 stories directed by 11 filmmakers, with one common thread running through all the stories. Rii’s film has been directed by Q. Interestingly, the actor will be seen in a triple role in the film. Apart from Basanti, the actor will also be seen playing Paro and Chandramukhi in the film.
The actor says that it was a different kind of experience shooting for the film. X narrates the story of a filmmaker meeting a girl, who then reminds him of his 10 ex-girlfriends. “It’s a trippy film. I can’t divulge much about my characters except that there comes a time when K gets emotionally dependent on Basanti and decides to tell his story to her. It was a new experience working on X. The camera was my hero. It’s difficult when you can’t see your co-star. Instead, you only have the camera and it becomes your co-star. Rajat Kapoor isn’t there in my film, so it’s the camera I am reacting to. That was the format of the film,” says Rii.
What was Q’s brief to her? “For the first time he gave me a script. There were proper dialogues. My movements were also restricted. It was a welcome change and unlike the kind of films we had worked done together. In those films, we only had a synopsis and the rest involved improvisation. His usual style of shooting is also different,” explains Rii, who will soon be shifting base to Mumbai, as she will get more opportunities in the city.
Watch the trailer of X: Past Is Present here:
However, she also admits that like others she too will have to work hard to prove her worth as an actor. “It’s not like Kolkata where only groupism exists. Many, by now, know me for my work and I have my casting director and filmmaker friends to guide me. I’m already in talks with a few people,” says Rii. The actor is keen on doing realistic films in Bollywood and other regional languages.
The Cosmic Sex actor will be making her stage debut in Kolkata with Supratim Roy’s Baby K, based on Nabarun Bhattacharya’s Baby K Parijat. The play, which has Rii in the titular role, will open in December. The play’s music has been conceptualised by Q.
The actor has also finished shooting for a horror short film, Fishy, which will also be the directorial debut of Timothee Alzaraki, the sound recordist of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1993 film The Dreamers. Alzaraki has also worked in Q’s Ludo.
Will she also be a part of the Hindi version of Ludo? “I’m not sure. Neither the director nor the production house has contacted me.” Ask her if she will continue working with Q despite their recent split, and she says, “We are mature individuals so things are normal. We are good friends who often meet and talk over phone. I have finished working in two of his films, Sari and B Naman. If there is a good script then we will surely work together.”