Name: Raima Sen
Birthdate: 7th November, 1979
Marital Status: Unmarried
In the year 2006, Raima Sen received the BFJA (Bengal Film Journalists’ Association) Most Promising Actress award for the Sandip Ray directed Bengali film titled ‘Nishijapon’.
Biography: The pellucid beauty Raima Sen was born on the 7th of November, 1979 to Bharat Dev Varma and Moon Moon Sen, the renowned Bengali actress.Bharat Dev Verma belonged to the aristocratic family of Tripura. The legendary Bengali actress Sushmita Sen was Raima Sen’s grandmother. Riya Sen, her sister is also a big name in the Bollywood film industry. Gayatri Devi, Raima’s younger sister held the prestigious position of the Maharani of Jaipur whereas Ila Devi, her paternal grandmother was the princess of the district of Cooch Behar situated in the state of West Bengal, India. Indira, Raima’s paternal great grandmother was the daughter of the respected Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad the third, of Baroda. Adinath Sen, her maternal great grandfather was a well-known businessman from Kolkata, whose father was a relative of Ashok Kumar Sen, a former Union Minister of Law. Ashok Kumar Sen was a Diwan of the Maharaja of Tripura.
Raima Sen set foot into the glamour and glitz filled world of Bollywood in the year 1999 with the release of her first film ‘Godmother’. This film which was written and directed by Vinay Shukla was apparently inspired by the life of Santokben Jadeja. Santokben Jadeja, known popularly as ‘Godmother’ was a lady in control of an underworld enterprise in India. The movie was a success and it received numerous National Film Award awards for various categories namely: Best Feature Film in Hindi, Best Editing, Best Male Playback Singer and many more. Vishal Bharadwaj received the National Film award for the film’s catchy music and Javed Akhtar grabbed the award for the Best lyrics category. In the film, although Raima’s role might have been overlooked because of the lead role of the protagonist played by Shabana Azmi, yet she acquired some amount of appreciation for her act in the film. Next up in 2001, she starred in the Kalpana Lajmi directed ‘Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence’. In this movie she played the role of Raveena Tandon’s daughter and although the role which she played was a small one, yet she continued to receive praises for her performance in the film.
Raima Sen had her first ever breakthrough when she signed for the Rituparno Ghosh’s film named ‘Chokher Bali’ (2003). This film (literally when translated means ‘sand in the eye’) is a Bengali movie based on the novel ‘Chokher Bali’ written by Rabindranath Tagore. This film which had Prosenjit Chatterjee (Mahendra), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Binodini) and Raima Sen (Ashalata) in the leading roles, turned out to be a hit at the box office and Raima Sen received lots of positive remarks and appreciation for her stupendous performance in the film. This film was followed by a number of average films and then she had another hit in the year 2005. This time it was the PradeepSarkar directed ‘Parineeta’ which turned out to be a boon for her. This film which had Saif Ali Khan, VidyaBalan, Sanjay Dutt, Raima Sen herself and DiaMirza was a huge success at the theatres and Raima Sen received lots of accolades for her act in the film. Here she played the role of a playmate of the lead heroine VidyaBalan who at that time was herself a debutant. After Parineeta’s success, Raima Sen had two hits : The first being the Rituparno Ghosh directed ‘AntarMahal’ and the second being the action multi-starrer thriller titled ‘Dus’ directed by AnubhavSinha.
In the year 2006, she appeared in the AnjanDutt directed ‘The Bong Connection’ starring Raima Sen herself, Parambrata Chatterjee and ShayanMunshi. This film depicts the life led by Bengalis in the United States of America and Kolkata. Next year Raima started working for AbhayDeol’s thriller film titled ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’. This film which was released in 2007 did not do well at the box office. In 2011 she made her appearance in the Bengali psychological thriller movie ‘BaisheSrabon’, written and directed by SrijitMukherji and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. This film which was a super hit had Raima Sen herself, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee and GautamGhosh in the ranks.
Some of her filmography includes ‘Godmother’, ‘Daman’, ‘Nil Nirjane’, ‘Chokher Bali’, ‘Fun22shh…Dudes in the 10th Century’, ‘Shakti’, ‘AntarMahal’, ‘Dhairyam’, ‘Nishijapon’, ‘Parineeta’, ’99.9 FM’, ‘Dus’, ‘The Bong Connection’, ‘Anuranan’, ‘Eklavya: The Royal Guard’, ‘Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.’, ‘Yatra’, ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’, ‘Sunglass’, ‘Migration’, ‘Meridian Lines’, ‘Khela’, ‘Dhariya’, ‘C Kkompany’, ‘Mukhbiir’, ‘Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye’, ‘Mumbai Cutting’, ‘The Japanese Wife’, ‘Memories in March’, ‘Teen Patti’, ‘Natobar Not Out’, ‘Mirch’, ‘Noukadubi’ (‘Kashmakash’ is the Hindi dubbed version of this film), ‘BaisheSrabon’, ‘Veeraputhran’, ‘Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish’, ‘Abosheshey’, ‘3 Bachelors’, I, Me aur Main’ and ‘Mach Mishti& More’.