In this week’s Significant Interview with ETimes, Raima spills the beans on the pressures of becoming the third generation of actors in her relatives, her journey in the business so considerably, her marriage ideas and much more. Read through on…
You have generally been identified for remaining a element of content material-driven movies and information has taken centre phase in your profession in the earlier two a long time. How much did the introduction of OTT deliver that modify in your performing profession?
OTT platforms ended up often about but it was throughout the pandemic that it obtained a growth for the reason that all people flocked to it. A great deal of actors who weren’t operating for numerous years, experts and a ton other people, who we experienced pretty much neglected, were witnessed on this system. The net series on these platforms gave everybody equal possibilities. The story listed here did not revolve all-around one actor. Each individual and each individual character is critical and has a tale to convey to. None of the material was star-driven so no a person felt still left out. They are now seeking for fresh new expertise and very good actors. This has proved to be a boon for even persons driving the camera. Simply because of the flexibility it delivers, persons are in a position to inform their stories openly and honestly. This is why the articles now is getting more powerful.
There has been a surge of new and female-oriented written content on OTT. Your take on that…
Completely! There are actresses like Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Huma Qureshi who are leading the baton. Men and women are having to it the natural way. It is wonderful for the ladies out there much too.
Inform us a little something about your Marathi debut film, ‘Anya’. How did you appear on board for this film?
‘Anya’ happened 2-3 a long time ago. Director Simmy Joseph narrated the tale to me and I wanted to be a element of it because Atul Kulkarni was in it. It was a Hindi movie which was dubbed in Marathi. I wanted to do the job with all these actors. The big element of the movie was shot in Delhi and it was released this yr.
What was your first effect of Atul Kulkarni like? Ended up you intimidated by him?
I was really intimidated by him. He was quite silent and sitting down in one particular corner on the set. I have viewed his films and he is great. I was really anxious to communicate to him but he was really sweet to me. He instructed me there is absolutely nothing to be anxious about and served me a ton all during the taking pictures. He is without doubt a amazing actor and a very experienced male. Not only him, my other co-stars Bhushan Pradhan, Tejashree Pradhan ended up all fantastic to me. I fulfilled Bhushan a few of periods when I went again to Mumbai. The total unit was really sweet and we have develop into pals. They had a concrete vision and knew what they have been executing so it was a quite good experience capturing with them.
You are one particular of the most underrated actors we have in the movie field. Would you agree that your probable as an actor has not been utilized to its fullest?
I think that I did the very best of what I bought at the time. I have carried out Hindi, a whole lot of Bengali movies and I also have a Tamil film releasing this yr. I continue to have time and I approach to do a great deal for myself in the coming decades. If there is a time when I will realise my possible, I believe it is now. I do not regret just about anything. I did the very best then and there are much more very good points coming up so I have no regrets.
How pressurizing is it to be the 3rd era of actors in your spouse and children? How do you deal with comparisons to your mom and grandmother?
Initially, when I joined the marketplace, persons experienced a large amount of expectations from me. I was Moon Moon Sen’s daughter and my sister Riya had joined the industry in advance of me. Getting a star child, folks experienced previously predicted a good deal out of me, they had currently judged me, criticised me. They expected me to be a know-it-all. I believe it is incredibly challenging for the star young children in the starting. For a newcomer who is an outsider, there is no baggage. But when it is a star child is executing his/her 1st film, folks will judge them.
So it was tough for me at first. My grandmother Suchitra Sen has still left a wonderful legacy driving. I wasn’t going to get a Sanjay Leela Bhansali debut. To begin with, it was hard to break in. I think ‘Choker Bali’ was my turning point. At the time I did that movie, folks started observing me as Raima and not as Moon Moon Sen’s daughter or Riya’s sister. I have efficiently produced my niche in this article. I did Godmother and it was not an great launch so to say. Right after that, I did a number of other art films. I did my share of display tests and auditions. I was thrown out of movies a pair of times. I have had my share of struggles and hardships. Now when I appear back at them, I imagine they were all a blessing due to the fact I got to understand a whole lot from them. I take pleasure in the factors that have happened to me in my job due to the fact it has just made me more powerful. I under no circumstances experienced any official education as an actor but the useful activities have taught me a good deal. I have labored beneath some gifted directors in my job.
Remaining born into a movie family members, did you always have an inclination in direction of acting or did you have other aspirations?
My mom joined the film business after Riya and I were born. We have grown up seeing our mother gown up and act in front of the digicam. We utilised to go with her on her film sets. She would introduce us to her co-stars. We fulfilled Jackie Shroff, Akshay Kumar and so several actors as young ones. For us it was all about the lights, the digicam, the make up at that time. So subconsciously, we often wished to be a portion of this market. It was only just after I did my first film that I realised that it is not just about costume and make up, it was so much extra than that.
I was 17 several years outdated and in course 11 when I did my initially movie and it was a fact verify for me. It was so complicated. Nevertheless, right after the film was produced, it obtained a large amount of awards and features started out pouring in for me. So I just went with the movement and embraced it.
Social Media has a a great deal stronger presence now than at the time when you made your debut…
Earlier, for the duration of my grandmother’s occasions, the actors believed in not showing also much of by themselves to the public. Throughout my mother’s time, there was no social media but there were being publications and other stuff via which enthusiasts ended up related to the stars. Throughout my time, there was very limited social media. Now it is very distinctive. It is like if you are not on social media, you are lacking out. Your fans will have no updates about you. The system also can help us to put our message across so it is a two way matter. Now, visibility has grow to be incredibly essential. You have received to be active on social media, you have acquired to go to functions and social situations, have PRs. All these had been not there for the duration of my preliminary times but you have to adapt and shift with the time.
Celebs are generally the delicate targets for trolls, specifically actresses. How do you deal with them?
To begin with, I made use of to get really harm. I utilised to surprise why folks were being judging me. They know nothing about what I am putting on and why, but they would continue to make it a position to move opinions on it. I come to feel this modern society will be a improved location if people just cease judging other folks without understanding anything at all about them.
Though it to begin with hurt me, I understood how to offer with them because I have grown up observing all this. I have developed up studying gossip about my mom in the journals. My father normally saved us grounded and taught us hardly ever to get afflicted by all this. As a little one I never ever received affected by this and even now I test to preserve the similar. I don’t want to upset my mental health and fitness, so I ignore the trolls. I am all up for constructive criticism about my performances in films but I will not just take it if you are unnecessarily judging me.
Previous two several years have also introduced the issue of psychological well being into the highlight. What are your thoughts on the psychological pressures that actors go as a result of?
The stress that actors deal with has often been there but it is now that people today have commenced speaking about it. These challenges existed again then much too, but most of them were being considered taboo. Now, it has become typical and men and women brazenly speak about it. At the conclusion of the day, it is you who can really help by yourself. No therapist can aid you if you will not acquire initiative to heal on your own. Meditate, do yoga or whatever works for you. Go out and seek help if you have to. You can not be pleased and information each and every time. Everybody has their journey and their struggles. We just have to just take command and assist ourselves when we need it. It is up to us.
You have usually held you away from the rat race in the marketplace with regard to box office collections…
I have and all this is transforming now. Individuals will only go out and observe a fantastic movie in the theatre. We have OTT now. We can observe content material from across the globe anytime we want in accordance to our temper. For you to pull the audience to the theatres, you will need to appear up with a little something wonderful. No stars will be ready to do that if the content is not fantastic. So the rat race we utilised to converse about is all switching now.
You are just one of the fittest actresses we have in the marketplace. How is ‘being fit’ significant, primarily all through these moments?
In the lockdown I realised one particular issue, life is unpredictable. When it came to working out, we generally observed an escape. But for the duration of the lockdown, there was no position to escape. We were all trapped inside of the house. I realised wellness is so vital. I saw my father in the hospital. My total relatives contracted COVID but I was the only a person, touchwood, who did not get infected. The time showed how fragile our lives are. And wellness does not indicate just dropping excess weight. If you request me to come to be dimensions zero, I will not mainly because I am anxious about my health.
You come from a relatives wherever everybody has a distinct feeling of style… who is your go-to trend guidance particular person?
My grandmother was regarded for her style in the Bengali industry and then my mother is also a glamorous person. She has acquired her have model. My father (Bharat Dev Varma) comes from a royal family. His mother was Gayatri Devi’s sister. So we have grown up viewing these women embrace their distinct style.
As far as I am worried, I am somebody who will pick consolation above model any working day. My mother usually retains telling me that she desires to redo my wardrobe.
Your fans are typically curious to know about your like daily life and marriage designs. How would you explain your best person?
I am an unbiased operating girl. I do not know why individuals keep asking me when I will get married. I know what I want in the upcoming five yrs in my job due to the fact it is a intention. But relationship is not an end goal for me. It is not like I will get settled down after I get married. I am pretty at ease in my space right now. But yes, if not marriage then I would like to have a companion at some place in my daily life. Anyone you can arrive household to and talk to about your entire working day. But that individual does not necessarily have to be a guy, he/she could be a mate or a mom figure too. He/she must be a person I can confide in. Anyone who has my back always. That would signify to me extra than anything at all else.
What does the next 50 % of 2022 have in shop for Raima Sen?
I have a film titled, ‘Aliya Basu Gayab Hai’ with Vinay Pathak. I am also a part of a Tamil movie with Vijay Anthony. I have also done a Bengali world wide web display. I am reading through a several scripts. I am waiting around to just take up something that will genuinely excite me.