Three is Company

Raima Sen talks about acting with her mother and sister Riya in Kolkata Calling.

Published: January 10, 2014 1:33 am
Raima Sen talks about acting with her mother and sister Riya in Kolkata Calling. Raima Sen talks about acting with her mother and sister Riya in Kolkata Calling.

Farida Khanzada

In a casting coup of sorts, director Mainak Bhaumik has roped in Moon Moon Sen and her two daughters Raima and Riya Sen for his forthcoming film Kolkata Calling. However, Raima will not be sharing screen space with her mother and sister. The film that took off last week is a tribute to Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta 71. “The film had three short stories, woven together depicting different stratas of society in the ’70s . My film is an update of Sen’s film and portrays the different classes of Kolkata that is present today, and will show the confusion, problems, uncertainty, a sense of aimlessness and intolerance that is prevalent today — an aspect that resounded in Sen’s film too,” says Bhaumik. One segment will have Moon Moon and Riya playing mother-daughter. Raima will be seen in another story in which she plays a terminally ill girl who meets an NRI, while the third story traces the journey of a lower middle-class boy living in Howrah. The film will be shot entirely in Kolkata and some parts of Howrah. All the three stories will unravel through the lens of a documentary filmmaker and come together in the end. “That will be the surprise element in the film. The essential link is that all the characters, irrespective of their background or class that they belong, are going through a confusing phase with globalisation aggravating their problem,” says the director. Raima is making a mark as an actor in the Bangla film industry. Her role in Kaushik Ganguly’s National Award-winning film Shabdo won her accolades while she agreed to play a hippie in Maach Mishti & More because, For Raima, who made her debut in Bollywood with Godmother, it is not the length of the role that matters but the strength of the character. “Even if it is a miniscule role, the character should be noticed by the audience. I suppose after my debut film Godmother, filmmakers offered me similar roles. I may not be the main lead, but at the same time, I can’t be playing a sister or friend in a big commercial film,” says Raima, who is also awaiting the release of the highly-talked about Hindi film, The Bastard Child, Tanuja Chandra’s Raakh and No Rules For Fools.

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