Didn’t want to be in a hurry for my grandmother’s biopic: Raima Sen

Actor Raima Sen says she has no issues teaming up with the same director who initially came up with the idea of actor Suchitra Sen’s biopic.

bollywood Updated: Mar 10, 2017 21:11 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Raima Sen,Suchitra Sen,Bollywood
Actor Raima Sen says she is really keen to be a part of her grandmother’s biopic whenever the film gets made.

It’s been a while since actor Raima Sen expressed her desire to work in a biopic on her grandmother Suchitra Sen, but sadly nothing concrete has worked out. Following the infinite delay from the makers’ side, Raima says she has no clue when things will resume, if at all they do. “The idea of the biopic came to this Bengali director when he approached me a few years ago. We were to shoot in Calcutta, because that’s where my grandmother primarily worked. I also had a few meeting with the producers. Even though the script was ready, other characters were not in place.”

Further revealing the reason why the film never shaped up as expected, Raima adds, “I don’t think the makers actually got anything together as such. Nothing was really locked at that point, so nothing could materialise. Also, the problem came when the film had to finally go on the floors. Since they didn’t give me enough notice, by the time they called me to confirm, I had already started shooting for another project.”

Clear that she didn’t want to portray her grandmother’s role just for the sake of it, she asserts, “(Also) for my grandmother’s film, I wanted to do extensive research and workshops. I didn’t want to be in a hurry to do it. So maybe they got cheesed off and went to Vidya Balan to do this film.”

In 2015, Raima confirmed that Vidya had turned down this biopic when she was offered the lead role. Recalling the incident she reveals, “Vidya told the producers that only Raima can do this film and she even messaged me saying that ‘I cannot take up this offer because I think only you can do it’.”

Despite all this, Raima says she is as keen as she was then, to be a part of this biopic if ever it gets made. “If they resume work on this biopic in future, I would love to work with the same director. He was fabulous, so I’m pretty sure that I want to do this biopic with him only.”

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First Published: Feb 10, 2017 20:13 IST