Raima Sen on being compared to Suchitra Sen: People constantly used to say I was not like my grandmother

Actor Raima Sen, grand daughter of Suchitra Sen, daughter of Moon Moon Sen and sister of Riya Sen, says that it’s only obvious for people to constantly compare her with actors in her family.

bollywood Updated: Nov 15, 2017 13:25 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Raima Sen,Riya Sen,Suchitra Sen
Actor Raima Sen was lauded for her performance in the 2003 film Chokher Bali.

It seems that the constant comparisons with her grandmother, the legendary screen icon Suchitra Sen, are over for actor Raima Sen, who has, over time, finally emerged out of an illustrious family’s shadow. However, the actor feels that it comes with belonging to a film family, where women from the same household have been successful names in their own ways.

“Initially, when I even hadn’t done Chokher Bali (2003), which was a turning point in my career; people used to say she’s not like her grandmother. So, there definitely was immense pressure on me to perform well, and live up to my grandmother’s name,” shares Raima, who has been a part of films such as Parineeta (2005), Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd (2007) and Teen Patti (2010).

Actor Raima Sen and her grand mother, yesteryear actor Suchitra Sen.

However, once Chokher Bali released, Raima found the audience that started to appreciate her on-screen. “People started watching my films for me, and I carved a niche for myself. Now, there is no such comparison, but of course, a lot of people still say that I look like her, and wish me good luck,” Raima says, adding that this coterie of fans gives her an entirely different high.

“Now, I have my own fans and audience who will come and watch films because I am there. It’s a nice mix, with middle-aged girls and young ladies, so I make sure I cater to them through the characters I pick,” says the 38-year-old actor, who will next be seen in the film Vodka Diaries, alongside Mandira Bedi and Kay Kay Menon.

Raima, who also ventured into production with the Bengali film Mi Amor, calls it a gradual evolution. “I’m not saying that every actor has to become a director or a producer. I believe it has to be an evolution of some sort, and one should be able to do something more with a given craft. As for direction, I am not sure, because there’s so much to do already,” says Raima.

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First Published: Nov 15, 2017 13:22 IST