Raima Sen’s on a roll these days. In a short span of one year, she’s had two film releases, worked with Mira Nair in one of her short film on AIDS, is shooting for Aparna Sen’s next, is “carefully reading a couple of scripts to choose the best”. Flying high, is she? “No,” she smiles,”My feet are firmly planted on the ground, and my head’s firm on my shoulders.These are two things about me that will never change, no matter what success life brings my way,” she says.
She flicks an errant strand off her face and adds,”But I like the way Indian actresses’ fame is soaring these says. Ash’s on the list of the world’s most beautiful women, Shilpa Shetty‘s made her name internationally, and now Bipasha’s been to Lisbon and back.” And, when does Raima plan to go international? “Let me make my mark in Bollywood first,” she counters.
Is that why she’s deliberately chosen to tread the art cinema path these days? She hasn’t signed up a commercial flick for some time now, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd was her last. “But, I am happy with what I am doing. An actress has to be an all-rounder,” she says. And that means? “That critical acclaim is as important for me as commercial success. I want to be a fine actress and a famous actress,” says Raima.
So, what’s she doing these days? Raima leans closer and whispers,”I want to let you in on a secret.”What? “I have just begun to read the first Harry Potter book. And, I can’t understand what the craze is all about.” She’s joking, right? “No. And no, I haven’t seen a single Potter movie yet. My friends have been after me to catch the latest Harry Potter flick, but I will first read all the books, and then move on to watching the movies.” Looks like Raima’s got a whole lot of reading to do, to begin with!