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'For the first time, I'll be seen in glamorous avatar'

Actress Raima Sen says that she is tired of being seen in serious cinema and feels it is important for an actress not to have any image.

entertainment Updated: Jul 30, 2008 16:17 IST

Actress Raima Sen says she will focus on lead roles in Bollywood to break the notion that she is suited only for serious stuff in Bengali films.

"It is important for an actress not to have any image. I am tired of being seen in serious cinema," Raima said here yesterday.

Raima wants to strike a right balance between Bengali films and Bollywood. "I will do only lead roles in both kinds of cinema."

Speaking about her desire to portray roles in mainstream Hindi films, she says it's not that she doesn't want to do serious cinema. "I have got to essay several roles of substance in serious cinema. But, in commercial films, I can play my age and have fun," she added.

Sen plays the lead in Ekta Kapoor's


which is directed by Sachin Yardi opposite Tusshar Kapoor.

"My character is also well etched out in the film. But it is not a comic role," she said and added that comedy is a successful genre in mainstream cinema and wanted to be part of it. "Perhaps for the first time, I will be seen in glamorous avatar in the songs of



"Comedy in Bollywood tends to be loud. I had a tough time exaggerating my movements while Tusshar had to be controlled and asked to be restrained in his comedy," she added.

Sen says she is never bogged down by failures and feels critical acclaim and box office success is required for a good career in films.

Speaking about her decision to do only lead roles, Raima said it was high time she came on her own. "Otherwise, people do not take you seriously. It is also said that I have not planned my career," she added.

"I play a widow with an eight-year-old boy", she said. Her forthcoming films include

Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye

with Randeep Hooda and Arbaaz Khan and Ruchi Narayan's movie.


Mere Khwabon..

I play a singer who is a depressed housewife with a nine-year-old daughter. "It is easy for me to bond with kids," she said.

Raima said she was looking forward to Rituporno Ghosh's next film which is a period drama where she is seen with sister Riya. "We are not playing sisters. It is a film of wife swapping and an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's story," she said.

"It will be a Bengali film but Rituporno is planning to dub it in Hindi as well. Though a period drama, it will have all ingredients of commercial cinema," she added.

Raima said she had felt like an outsider in the Mumbai tinsel town earlier but was feeling comfortable now. She said she considers box office equally important like critical acclaim and added that "Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd" and "Parinita" were box office successes.

Honeymoon Travels...

broke lot of barriers for me," Raima said and added that Rituporno Ghosh's

Choker Bali

in which she received critical acclaim was the turning point of her career as it made her parents proud of her.

Raima said she is choosy about the films she does because she does not want to get burnt out. Replying to questions, Raima said in off-beat films, there is scope of growth for an actor and hence she has to do mature roles.

When asked about the delay in release of Vinny Mitra's


, Raima said the film is complete and she had no idea why it has not released for two years. "I play an actress and Arjun Rampal is a director in the film. It also stars Irfan Khan and Konkana Sen Sharma," she added.

To a question on whether she would be part of a remake of her grandmother Suchitra Sen's films, Raima replied in the negative.

"I will never take the risk of doing so. Even actor Prosenjit, son of late Uttam Kumar, cannot do it because in Bengal, Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar are icons. There will be huge expectations," she added.

She said Rituporno Ghosh and Aparna Sen have extracted the best out of her. When asked about Suchitra Sen, Raima said she does not like to be talked about her in the media.

"We respect her privacy. She even said that she would not come out in the open to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award if given," she said.