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Rituparna in Sirf

Her last Bollywood release Gauri was a box-office dud, but Rituparna Sengupta is bouncing back with Sirf... Life Looks Greener on the Other Side later this month.

Life is surely looking greener by the Arabian Sea for the Tolly heroine who will romance Parvin Dabas and share screen space with Manisha Koirala in this film directed by Rajatesh Nayar.

“I play Suchita, an upper-middle class married woman, in Sirf. She shifts base to Mumbai from Jabalpur after marriage and tries to adapt to the city. Parvin plays my hubby and Manisha his boss. Suchita is always intimidated by her presence in her husband’s life,” says Rituparna over phone from Kerala, where she is shooting for yet another Hindi film, opposite Vinay Pathak.

“Manisha is a seasoned actress. I liked her in 1942: A Love Story. She is a very good human being, though she kept to herself most of the time during shooting,” says Rituparna.

Her other co-stars in Sirf are Kay Kay Menon and Sonali Kulkarni. “They are my neighbours in the film; I have worked with both of them in Anjan Dutt’s BBD.”

Back home, Rituparna is busy playing leading lady in films based on Tagore tales. Currently on the floors is Suman Mukhopadhyay’s period piece Chaturanga, where Rituparna is a lonely widow craving for male attention.

“Damini, the widow, is witty, courageous and attractive, yet she is very vulnerable. She has wonderful body language and men are easily attracted to her. It feels great to portray a character with so many shades. By far it’s one of the most challenging roles I have got,” she stresses.

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