Raima Sen on Being a Director's Actor - The New Indian Express

Raima Sen on Being a Director's Actor

Published: 14th December 2013 07:19 PM

Last Updated: 14th December 2013 07:19 PM

Having worked with some of the best directors in the industry like Rituparno Ghosh and Pradeep Sarkar, actor Raima Sen, who is looking forward to Mrityunjay Devvrat’s The Bastard Child, feels it is very important to prove versatility from time to time. Calling this one of her toughest roles in the recent past, the 34-year-old actress tells us more.

Q: How did you get involved with The Bastard Child?

I had got the news that the screen testing for this role was already happening. They sent me the script as well. When I read it I liked the story and my role in the film. Mrityunjay is a director who knows what he wants. The director’s vision is very important for a movie and Mrityunjay is a visionary. I got more details from him over the phone and then I directly joined them for the shoot in Delhi.

Q: Why is it important for Raima Sen, the artist and the woman, to choose her roles carefully?

I am a director’s actor. I am very lucky to have worked with some of the best directors in this field like Rituparno Ghosh, Pradeep Sarkar , etc. Besides it is very important to prove versatility from time to time. From Honeymoon Travels to Manorama I have been doing versatile roles. Doing the same types of roles again can lead to boredom not just for me but also my audience.

Q: Tell us about your character in The Bastard Child.

In the movie The Bastard Child, I play a role of a journalist’s (Indraneil Sengupta) wife who goes through the atrocities of the Bangladeshi Genocide. This by far has been the most powerful role that I have played. Being a Bengali myself, I was able to totally connect with the movie.

Q: What makes you fascinating as an actor is that you don’t like to play it safe. What’s your process of inhabiting these arch characters?

The directors have helped me a great deal in inhabiting my roles and characters. Since I am a director’s actor, I take  immense guidance from them which helps me shape my role. In Godmother, Shabana Azmi helped me a lot as it was my first film.

Q: Were there any light-hearted moments behind the scenes of The Bastard Child?

There are a lot of light hearted moments during the shoot of the film. There were 21 nights in a row of us shooting for the film. We got done by 8 am and then we all gathered for the buffet organised by our hotel. Discussing calories, enjoying cuisines including desserts and discussion scenes from the movie together was great fun.

Q: Reflecting on your career, which roles were linchpins for you?

My role in Honeymoon Travels has been a linchpin for me as I am very much like her in my real life.

Q: Any Tollywood projects in the pipeline?

I have just done a Malyalam movie and a Tamil movie. Long time ago. Not really stepped into Tollywood completely.

Q: Apart from acting, what aspect of filming fascinates you the most?

I like how all aspects of the movie come together as a beautiful image that one sees on screen. The director’s vision, editing, the cinematography, the lighting etc – all these aspects make the movie come alive on screen.

Q: What sort of roles would you like to play in the future?

I want to do period films. I have always liked them. Also some historical dramas. And some large Bollywood serious films.

Q: So what’s next for you?

I am doing a movie opposite Vinay Pathak. It is called No Rules for Fools.

The Bastard Child releases this December.

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