Rituparno Ghosh's Noukadubi starring Riya Sen set for release
NEW DELHI: Her grandmother is a legend in Bengali cinema and her mother a competent actor. But Bollywood's glamour doll Riya Sen does not feel the pressure of living up to the high standards set by Suchitra Sen and Moon Moon Sen.
The young actor, who performed in Hindi, English, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, says she first donned the greasepaint when she was merely five years old. “I also appeared as a child artiste in Vishkanya that was released in the early 1990s. During my school days I used to accompany my mother to the sets and whenever there was a need for a child artiste I would be summoned. I never thought about acting as a profession then.”
Riya holds film-maker N. Chandra in high esteem as he gave her an excellent launching pad in Bollywood film Style. “Even though it was a low-budget film, it set the box office on fire. Style was a new genre movie. Starring Sharman Joshi, who was one-film-old, Sahil Khan and Shilpi Mudgal, it was a multi-star-cast film. It was a laugh riot and succeeded in establishing a connection with the younger generation.”
Riya's second film, which was lapped up by critics as well as film buffs, was a ‘Hinglish' venture, Jhankar Beats, which was a tribute to renowned music composer R. D. Burman. “It was a good film produced by Pritish Nandy… I don't accept a film on the basis of its language or its star cast but decide after going through the script. In the beginning of my career, I had signed films on the basis of the star cast.”
The 20-plus actor is looking forward to the release of Rituparno Ghosh's Noukadubi that revolves round a tale of mistaken identities involving a newly-married couple. “It is based on one of Rabindranath Tagore's novels. Rituparno has given me a chance to share the big screen with Raima Sen….. In June, an untitled film by Ketan Mehta will be released. Then there is Jennifer.”
Though Riya has her hands full, she wants to take time off from her busy film schedule and endorsements to be in the company of her mom on Mother's Day. “If I can spend some quality time with mom then it would be the best gift to her. She is my life and I owe everything to her. On Mother's Day I will be with her, my grandmother and sister.”
Describing herself as a foodie, Riya says though it was important to eat right she eats all kinds of food. “I dig into Thai, Chinese and generally spicy dishes. I don't compromise on my diet and even polish off oily stuff. But I make up by hitting the gym where I do routine workouts. Besides eating, I love travelling. Delhi is like my second home. My relatives are here and I keep coming here,” she says.