It’s all work and little play for Raima Sen right now

Raima Sen is currently stationed at Mekliganj in Cooch Behar, shooting for  Bengali film Sitara, directed by Asish Roy. A couple of days before that she was in Delhi spending time with sister Riya and brother-in-law Shivam. In between she was in Pune and Zurich too! t2 caught up with Raima for a quick chat as she looks forward to her Friday release Kaya.

By Kushali Nag
  • Published 23.02.18
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Raima Sen is currently stationed at Mekliganj in Cooch Behar, shooting for  Bengali film Sitara, directed by Asish Roy. A couple of days before that she was in Delhi spending time with sister Riya and brother-in-law Shivam. In between she was in Pune and Zurich too! t2 caught up with Raima for a quick chat as she looks forward to her Friday release Kaya.

With you, it’s a catch-me-if-you-can situation. You are hardly in India and least of all in Calcutta!

True. I am hardly in Calcutta these days. Actually my Hindi film Vodka Diaries released and I was busy with the promotions in Bombay. In between I went to Delhi to catch up with Riya and then to Pune. I flew to Zurich for a short holiday too. 

You are slowly becoming a wanderer like Riya...

Well, all of us in our family love to travel. Nowadays I am in Calcutta only if there’s a film shoot or a script-reading session. After wrapping up Sitara, I will go to Delhi again for a Hindi (untitled) film. But this year I plan to do a couple of Bengali films, so you will get to see me a lot in Calcutta. Right now I am looking forward to Kaya, where I play a mysterious woman. 

You were every Tolly director’s favourite and then suddenly you almost stopped doing Bengali films...

Favourite? Really? Yes, I did a couple of Hindi films because honestly the pay structure is better in Bombay. Besides, I got to team up with actors I had hit films with, like Kay Kay Menon for Vodka Diaries. He was my co-star in Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. It was wonderful catching up with him again after so many years. That apart, the Hindi films I have done recently had great scripts and my characters were well-etched out. And I got to travel to some great locations like Shimla. We shot in the snow and it was beautiful... we went to Abu Dhabi, places I wouldn’t have gone otherwise. So I am naturally drawn to doing Bollywood films. Also, Bollywood films give me national exposure which I feel is important to me after working for so many years.

Do you keep track of Tolly films? Is there a recent Bengali film that you’ve watched and loved?

I do keep a track because I keep travelling to Calcutta on and off. Recently I shot for Churni Ganguly’s Tarikh. I will go back to Calcutta to shoot the last schedule of the film. Of the recent Bengali films, I really liked Praktan (directed by Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy). The subject has been dealt with in an interesting and mature way. 

Any plans of getting married this year?

No comment! That’s the last thing I would like to discuss currently. I have become a workaholic! After wrapping up shoots, I will go somewhere where I can chill!