A direct descendant of the legendary Suchitra Sen, Raima Sen is one of the leading actresses of Indian Bangla film. The younger daughter of accomplished actress-director turned politician Moon Moon Sen, Raima visited Dhaka on a brief one-day trip. The Daily Star caught up the sparkling young actress.
What are your memories of your grandmother, the great Suchitra Sen?
Raima: My mother used to call her 'ammu', and we also picked up on that and called her 'ammu'. She used to call me Dhulu. Although she never discussed it with us, she knew how much people of this country adore her.
What brings you to Dhaka?
Raima: I'm working for a TV commercial for Ligion Herbal Mehndi (henna). It's my first time working in an ad in Bangladesh, and I loved it here. I'd love to come back if I get more offers.
What do you think about working in films here?
Raima: I'd be very interested if it's an India-Bangladesh joint venture; that way, people of both countries can enjoy it.
Your mother has recently been elected in the Indian Lok Sabha. How does that make you feel?
Raima: We're very happy and proud of her, and hope she can work for the people of West Bengal. Both I and Riya took part in the campaign.
Would you like to join politics?
Raima: Not now. I don't know, really. If mom wants, maybe.
How would you like to visit your grandmother's house in Pabna?
Raima: I would love to. But not this time, as I'm on a tight schedule. Maybe next time.
You've recently played a major role in a film “Children of War” based on Bangladesh's Liberation War. How was that experience?
Raima: I didn't know a lot about Bangladesh's Liberation War, but when I got the script, I studied on it. I also insisted to my director that the film be released in Bangladesh as well. I worked hard of portray the character of a 'Birangana' convincingly, and the whole story really touched me.