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Raima Sen

Native name: রাইমা সেন
Born Name: Raima Dev Varma
Date of Birth: 11 November 1979
Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Height: 1.63 m
Occupation: Actress
Education: Loreto Schools, Kolkata, University of Calcutta, Rani Birla Girls' College

Parent(s): Moon Moon Sen (mother), Bharat Dev Varma (father), Relatives Riya Sen (sister), Suchitra Sen (grandmother)

Raima Sen (born Raima Dev Varma on 11 November 1979) is an Indian actress who is known for her work in Bengali and Hindi Film industry.

Early life
Raima Sen was born on 11 November 1979 in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) to Moon Moon Sen and Bharat Dev Barma and the granddaughter of actress Suchitra Sen who was once regarded as the "Mahanayika" of Bengali Cinema. Her sister Riya Sen is also in the Bollywood industry. Their father Bharat Dev Varma is a member of the royal family of Tripura. Her paternal grandmother, Ila Devi, was the princess of Cooch Behar, whose younger sister Gayatri Devi was the Maharani of Jaipur. Her paternal great-grandmother Indira was the only daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda.

Raima's maternal great-grandfather Adinath Sen was a prominent Kolkata businessman, whose son Dinanath Sen – a relative of former Union Law Minister Ashoke Kumar Sen- was the Diwan or a Minister of the Maharaja of Tripura. The sisters are credited on-screen under their mother's maiden name, although their official papers carry the surname Dev Varma.

Career

Sen with her mother Moon Moon SenSen made her debut in the film Godmother, which was a critically acclaimed[by whom?] success, but her minor role may have been overlooked in favour of the protagonist, played by Shabana Azmi. She then starred in the film Daman playing Raveena Tandon's daughter, where her small performance was appreciated.

Her breakthrough role came when she starred in the Rituparno Ghosh's film Chokher Bali. After a few more average movies she had a critically acclaimed[by whom?] hit in 2005 with Parineeta, where she played the playmate of the film's heroine, played by the debutante Vidya Balan. Since then she has had two more hits with the action thriller Dus and the Bengali film Antar Mahal (where she had a very small role). In 2006, she appeared in the film The Bong Connection (co-starring Shayan Munshi). In 2007, she worked in the thriller Manorama Six Feet Under with Abhay Deol. In 2011, she starred in the hit Bengali film Baishe Srabon, opposite Parambrata Chatterjee.

2014 saw Sen as the leading lady in the critically acclaimed Hrid Majharey, the first Bengali movie based on the works of William Shakespeare, and presented as a tribute on the 450th year of birth of the Bard. She co-stars with Abir Chatterjee and Indrasish Roy in this dark love-story by debutant filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh. The film has earned a rare recommendation from the very prestigious Film London in its list of world cinema based on the plays of Shakespeare. The film and its screenplay have also been included in the prestigious UGC Literature Archive. It is also famous for being the only other Bengali film after Sabuj Dweeper Raja (1979) to be shot in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In 2016, she was seen in Bollywood Diaries, a film written and directed by K.D. Satyam. The film also stars Ashish Vidyarthi and Salim Diwan.

Personal life
Sen is said to resemble her grandmother much more than either her mother or her sister. In an interview, she says while she enjoys Mumbai's faster pace of life, its gyms and its nightclubs, she misses her family in Kolkata, her dog Cuddles, and Kolkata's street food, notably Jhal Muri and Aloo chaat.

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