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Take me seriously please: Rimi Sen

There’s no hiding when it comes to Rimi Sen. The actress gets candid with Princy Jain on the casting couch, the importance of doing serious films and Bollywood.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2007 16:28 IST

There’s no hiding when it comes to Rimi Sen. Be it the inside reality of the casting couch or the importance of doing serious films, the petite actress says it all. Princy Jain catches the actress on the sets of Shagird in Mumbai.

Why have you been missing from the scene?
It’s a conscious decision. Bahut comedy ho gayee. The industry will soon have a new Rimi Sen.

Please elaborate..
From the very beginning of my career, I’ve never chosen my films, they chose me. I was modelling when I came from Kolkata. I did a lot of ads and then Hungama. I started with comedies. But that’ll change now. I guess I have laughed enough. People love to watch comedies But phir bhool jaate hain. I want to be taken seriously.

<b1>But De Taali is ready for release.. a comedy again.
Yes, but after that I will be seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Shagird and Shreram Raghavan’s Johny Gaddar. Shagird is a crime thriller in which I play a journalist who exposes a major scam. Johny Gaddar is also a thriller. It’s completely different whatever I have done so far.

From directors like Priyadarshan to co-stars like Abhishek, you have worked with them all. Is’t that gratifying?
Certainly. I’m thankful to Pradeep Sarkar for giving me my first break with Euphoria’s Mai ri video and Priyadarshan for Hungama. But now I need to move on. Life has been tough. It took me a year of auditions and rejections before I got my first ad.

Does the casting couch exist?
It does and it doesn’t. I operate on a different level. No one has ever dared to make an offer like that to me. However, there are girls who have been through the couch.

Why aren’t you seen at parties and social events?
I’m afraid of being friends with the industry wallahs. Things change here so quickly. I have some non-Bollywood friends and I prefer hanging out with them. I have had my bit of laughter. It’s time to move on. I have to lay my hands on some serious roles now.

First Published: Jun 20, 2007 11:04 IST