Jan 302018
 

The gorgeous and extremely beautiful Raima Sen, who is predominantly seen in Bengali films, is awaiting the release of her Hindi film, ‘Kuldip Patwal: I didn’t do it’

Raima Sen
Raima Sen speaks about work difference in Bengali films and Hindi cinema. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/raimasen.

The gorgeous and extremely beautiful Raima Sen, who is predominantly seen in Bengali films, is awaiting the release of her Hindi film, ‘Kuldip Patwal: I didn’t do it’. The 38-year-old actress is a talented actress and considers film sets her home. With films such as ‘Parineeta’ and ‘Chokher Bali’, she has carved a niche for herself. With her exotic looks and beauty, she is here to conquer the hearts of many! With a soft voice on the other side of the cellular phone, Raima shared some unknown facets of her professional and personal life with mid-day online.

Excerpts from the interview:

How was your experience shooting for the film ‘Kuldip Patwal: I didn’t do it’. Aren’t such roles taxing enough?
It was a thrilling experience. Since the entire film has been shot in the courtroom, the film’s director (Remy Kohli) had strictly asked us to stay at the location from morning 7 am till 7 pm. It did not matter if you are shooting or not, one has to be present on the set and watch out for the entire shoot.

Any particular reason behind it?

That’s because everyone right from Deepak Dobriyal, Gulshan Devaiah, and others they are all from the theatre background. So, maybe that’s their method of getting into the character. It was a wonderful experience working with them.

What attracted you towards the script?
The fact that I would get to play a lawyer was in itself appealing. I have never played a lawyer and I always wanted to do such a role.

What is the difference shooting for Bengali films and Hindi films?
There’s no difference when it comes to the shooting process. I have always been on the sets and would always go on the sets with my mother (Moon Moon Sen) for shooting. I have grown on the sets there (Kolkata). It feels home, where we all gather in one vanity van and have tea, snacks together. There’s a homely feeling, whereas, in Mumbai, it’s very professional. You just sit alone in your own vanity van. I’ve done Parineeta but I had Shoojit Sircar (film’s director, who is Bengali), then ‘Honeymoon Travels’ we shot in Goa, ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’ we shot in Mount Abu. So, when we are shooting outstation, the entire crew gets together.

What have been your best works till date?
It has to be ‘Chokher Bali’ (Bengali film). The film has been my life’s turning point and has changed my life completely. So, this is one film that will always have a special space in my heart.

Is it a deliberate choice of doing more of regional films than Hindi cinema?
In Kolkata here, the roles that I’m approached with are based on real-life stories and as a protagonist. I have worked and is working with some of the best directors here. When I’m getting good offers here and the best of everything why should I compromise with little and feel frustrated? In Hindi cinema, if I get offers of doing five films, out of those five, I might say yes to two because it is meant for me and will go ahead. But the other three are just not appealing.

If not an actor, what would you be?
I’m still figuring that!

Well, in one of its first, you and Riya have been right there in the industry with your maternal surname. Hats off for that but was it a conscious decision?
So, it was during my first film ‘Godmother’, my director (Vinay Shukla) said that your passport, pan card, and all other official documents have your dad’s name ‘Bharat Dev Barma’. Do you want to continue with it? Since my mother and grandmother were already established and renowned with the surname ‘Sen’, he suggested that we go ahead with Sen and it really worked for us.

How does it feel when one says that you resemble your grandmother Suchitra Sen?
It feels great because even now when I go out, people want to come and just touch my hand because I look like my grandmom, Suchitra Sen. She is still such a living legend.

What kind of a relationship do you share with sister Riya Sen?
We are best friends but she has mostly lived in Mumbai and I have been here in Kolkata. And now that she is married, she is settled in Delhi. However, we take each other’s advice before doing anything.

What do you have to say about the online trolls? Do you think the trolls are crossing the line in every manner?
This is a part and parcel of life. One has to live with it because if you are a public figure then you will constantly be in the public glare.

Has Raima found the love of her life?
Not yet, even I am waiting. And ever since, Riya has got married, everyone keeps asking me when I am getting married. It’s not about only getting married; it’s about finding a perfect person. So, I’m waiting for my Prince charming to just come and take me away.

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Sep 292017
 

Actress Rakshanda Khan is set to play a paranormal investigator in the show “Ragini MMS Returns” that will mark her debut on the digital platform. Taking the “Ragini MMS” franchise ahead, Ekta Kapoor’s ALTBalaji is coming up with “Ragini MMS Returns” for which Rakshandha will start shooting from the first week of October.

Remember actress Rakshanda Khan? She will be seen in 'Ragini MMS Returns'Rakshanda Khan

“I play an investigative officer to examine all the paranormal activities happening in the college. She helps the kids to overcome the unfortunate incidents. I have seen the first two instalments which were based on only two characters and were still so scary,” Rakshanda said in a statement.

“I would like to see the legacy being carried forward and this time it’s going to be bigger and better and give you more chills,” she added.

The show is expected to have intimate and scary scenes like never seen before.

It features actors including Riya Sen, Dilnaz Irani, Gaurav Sharma and Priyanka Bora.

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Sep 172017
 

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Richa Chadha is no introvert and playing a meek character in the upcoming film, ‘Jia Aur Jia’, proved tough. She often felt like raising her voice when she had to remain quiet. The actor even observed her shy pals on how to go about it.

Richa’s co-star in the film is Kalki Koechlin. We will be saved of link-up rumours during the release of the chick flick. During the web show ‘Inside Edge’, Richa was rumouredly dating co-actor Angad Bedi. Now, it is reportedly her ‘Fukrey 2’ co-actor Ali Fazal she’s seeing. Who’s next?

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Sep 172017
 

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Not many know that filmmaker Suparn Varma shared screen space with Rekha in ‘Aastha’ (1997).

He played one of the college students in Basu Bhattacharya’s film.

Varma met the veteran actor after two decades during the screening of his web show, ‘Yo Ke Hua Bro’, recently.

He terms reconnecting with Rekha a surreal experience.

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Sep 172017
 

Filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala’s wife Warda Khan Nadiadwala has modelled for a jewellery brand. She’s social media savvy and has quite a fan base online. Are there more brand endorsements on way?

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Sep 172017
 

Ajay Devgn is said to have given dates reserved for the shoot of Indra Kumar’s ‘Total Dhamaal’ to Rajkumar Gupta’s ‘Raid’. Sources say the actor felt as ‘Golmaal Again’ is slated for a Diwali release, he could avoid diving into a comic caper back-to-back. Makes sense.

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Sep 162017
 

Hrithik RoshanHrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan was offered Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and Bajirao Mastani (2015). The actor had his reasons not to be part of it though they proved to be hits. He was also in consideration for the upcoming Padmavati. Now there is news that Duggu has turned down ‘Super 30’, a biopic on Bihar-based mathematician Anand Kumar. Will history repeat itself? Time will tell. 

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Sep 162017
 

Salman Khan

Apart from starring in ‘Race 3,’ Salman Khan is said to be calling the shots in the casting as well as other aspects of the production.

He has already got Remo D’Souza on board as director.

The choreographer-director had planned a dance-based project which has been kept on hold. Sallu wants to ensure everything goes right in the multi-starrer. The Tubelight after effects?

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Sep 112017
 

Riya Sen

Requesting that explicit content be muted in an adult film may seem ludicrous, but Riya Sen, close on the heels of her wedding last month, has approached the makers of Ragini MMS Returns with a request of similar nature.

Sen, who tied the knot with long-time beau Shivam Tiwari in an intimate ceremony, “had reservations” about certain scenes in the third instalment of Ekta Kapoor’s horror sex franchise, which sees her in a prominent role.

Talking about the show that will release on Kapoor’s digital platform Alt Balaji, a unit hand says, “Riya, who essays the pivotal role of Simran in the show knew that the series would involve intimate scenes featuring her and co-star Nishant Malkani. They were meant to be explicit, but Riya was uncomfortable while filming them.” The actor, the source adds, raised her concerns with director Suyash Vadhavkar, who keeps his cast’s comfort in mind. “He toned down the intimate scene and shot it aesthetically. Although Riya has done a fair share of steamy roles, she wasn’t at ease this time since she is now married.”

Sen confirms the news to mid-day, saying, “I had reservations while shooting the intimate scenes and convinced Suyash to tone them down.”

Given that this series will exploit the horror genre more than the sexual content, abiding by Sen’s request wasn’t difficult, the source says. “The director worked his way around with cheat shots.”

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Sep 042017
 

Bobby Deol

Even though he has several commercial successes to his credit, Bollywood actor Bobby Deol acquired the image of an artist whose acting prowess couldn’t earn him sufficient screen time.

Deol, who last featured in the 2013 comedy, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’, alongside father Dharmendra and brother Sunny, is still trying to comprehend what went wrong in his career. “I did absolutely nothing over the last four years. I don’t know what went wrong. Either I was not appealing, or, the roles that I wanted to be part of, did not come my way. I laid low since I was losing the plot,” he tells mid-day.

After enduring what he describes as the “most frustrating and depressing phase” of his life, Deol is now focusing on his forthcoming release, Poster Boys, which also features Sunny and Shreyas Talpade. The star son calls this outing an effort to “start from scratch”. “I have come out stronger and exorcised the demons in my mind.”

That Deol 2.0 is indeed determined about this second inning is evident when he says he is looking forward to portraying “character roles” and will not restrict himself to films that feature him as the leading man. He credits Talpade, also a producer on the film, for showing belief in his work. “Shreyas helped me when I was frustrated. He believed that I could pull off the role of a small town man. Bhaiya [Sunny] and I are doing things we have never done before.”

An unkempt facial fuzz that Deol had sported over the past few years had given cinephiles reason to believe he was losing interest in his work. But, he clears the air, saying the look was for a role in a film that never took off. “The beard kept getting longer while the project stayed in the backburner. One day, I decided to go clean, knowing the film would never roll.” There was also talk of him turning DJ, but Deol terms his foray into music as a figment of someone’s imagination. “I read those reports, they were untrue.”

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