Raima Sen began her appearing profession as a youngster, with the 1999 movie Godmother starring Shabana Azmi. Within the subsequent years, the actress has labored in each Hindi in addition to Bengali movies. A few of her well-liked Hindi movie appearances embody Parineeta and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, whereas in Bengal she gained important acclaim with Chokher Bali and Baishe Srabon. Though she has maintained a sure tempo of labor within the Hindi movie business, with some south tasks thrown in, her filmography in Bengali cinema is the longest.
Speaking about balancing work in a number of industries, the granddaughter of Suchitra Sen says she needed to let go of a number of Hindi tasks as a result of she was busy with work in Bengal. “Whereas taking pictures right here I’ve gotten calls asking, are you able to are available in two days? And I’m like no, as a result of I’m already within the strategy of taking pictures. I can’t come earlier than a month. So I’ve additionally misplaced out on plenty of good work. However I additionally don’t do the whole lot that I get. I wish to be selective, as a result of it takes plenty of effort to steadiness my work right here and there,” she says.
Ask her if she ever tried to prioritize one business over the opposite, and Raima says, “I began off with my first movie Godmother, which was in Hindi. I used to be nonetheless finding out on the time, I used to be 17. Whereas I used to be in school in Kolkata I did plenty of Bengali movies. After which I simply selected the very best of what I bought in each worlds. If I didn’t get an excellent Hindi supply, however bought an excellent Bengali movie, I’d come again to Kolkata.”
The 41-year-old actress’ most up-to-date work in Hindi is Amazon Prime Video’s The Final Hour, created, written and produced by Amit Kumar and Anupama Minz. Raima has labored with acclaimed administrators like Rituparno Ghosh and Aparna Sen, however this was the primary time she underwent a display take a look at earlier than touchdown the function of Nyima.
“I’ve a phobia in opposition to auditions. I’ve by no means like completed, I’ve at all times gone midway for an audition after which turned again. That is my twenty second or twenty third yr within the movie business and I’ve by no means managed to do a display take a look at. Amit Kumar (director of The Final Hour) was display testing in Kolkata and he requested me to do it, however I refused and mentioned, after I go to Bombay, I’ll do the display take a look at. So he thought I’ll by no means do it. Then I noticed his Monsoon Shootout and I believed that is somebody I wish to work with. And so after two days, after I went to Mumbai, I appeared for the display take a look at. I bought a name after a number of days saying I bought the half, and that bought me excited. After this one, I’ve completed a number of extra auditions and have landed these components as effectively,” she shares.
OTT is the best way to go and Raima has already appeared in some Hindi net collection within the latest previous, together with in a destructive function in Black Widows. However her most profitable OTT venture to date has been the Bengali present Hey, which is now in its third season. The thriller net collection was the digital debut for Raima in an business the place she is already revered as an actress.
“I used to be the primary one in Bengal I believe to begin the net present tradition with Hey. The present turned well-liked and we managed to finish season three final yr. Then I bought extra assured as a result of the viewership elevated, the present turned successful. So I began selecting up extra exhibits for different OTT platforms. However in fact, The Final Hour is the most important as a result of this launched in 240 international locations. So the viewership is far more,” she says.