Raima Sen says that she has stopped thinking about the fate of her projects and prefers to move on. “I have worked in 50 films and if I think about the fate of all films, I will get into permanent depression,” says the talented actress whose last Bollywood release Vodka Diaries flopped at the box-office.
“Many of my films did not do well when they released, like Manorama Six-feet Under, which people thought was ahead of its times. But over the years, people have liked the film. So you never know,” she says.
But the actress is happy that her character in Vodka Diaries has got good reviews. “Having said that, earlier it (a film not doing well) used to affect me, but not any more. I give my 100 per cent to my job and don’t think about the outcome of the film or how the audience will react to it.”
The actress features in Kuldip Patwal: I Didn’t Do It!, which is releasing today. Raima, who plays a lawyer in the film, says, “I have done all kinds of roles, but never a lawyer, so it was challenging for me to even accept the film.”
The actress known for appearing in many critically acclaimed films like Parineeta, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., The Japanese Wife and Children of War, says that she had to go through workshops to get into the skin of the character.
“I had a diction tutor before the shoot and did a three-day workshop with him. When we were shooting in Delhi, our director Remy Kohli made sure that we were always in the courtroom unless we were having lunch. Most of the actors were also from theatre background, so I got a hang of playing the role while working on the film,” she says.
The film also stars Deepak Dobriyal, Parvin Dabas and Gulshan Devaiyah. Raima is sharing screen with Deepak and Gulshan for the first time and she says that she learnt a lot about their working style by watching them. “They both come from theatre. Deepak was always in the character and it was great working with Gulshan,” she says.
Raima is one of the established actresses of Bengali film industry. So are her Bengali films keeping her away from Bollywood?
“I am working with some of the top directors, doing women-centric roles back there. It’s not necessary that I have to do all Bollywood films that are being offered to me. If I get five Hindi projects, I choose two, which are better than the other three. If I get fantastic work, I choose the best,” she says.
Raima adds that when it comes to Hindi films, she chooses a film depending on the script. “It’s not necessary that the director has to be well-known. I didn’t know Kushal Srivastava, the director of Vodka Diaries at all. He was trying to get in touch with me while I was travelling. I messaged him saying that if I like the script, I will fix up a meeting. Also, the star cast was good. I had worked with Kay Kay Menon before and I knew he would choose a good script,” says the actress who will be next seen in 3 Dev, which also stars Kunaal Roy Kapoor and Karan Singh Grover. It is based on the Sankat Mochan attack and also happens to be Om Puri’s last film.
Raima is also going to be seen in some interesting Bengali films like Kaya, Churni Ganguly’s Tarikh, Subho Nobo Borsho and Sitara (Indo-Bangladesh project).
Her sister, Riya Sen recently got married to her boyfriend Shivam Tiwary in Pune. So do we see Raima taking the plunge anytime soon?
Raima replies that marriage will happen when it has to happen. “You cannot plan these things. Even Riya’s marriage wasn’t planned,” she says before signing off.