Raima is in no hurry for grandma’s biopic

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

It’s been a while since ac­tor Raima Sen (right) ex­pressed her de­sire to work in a biopic on her grand­mother, ac­tor Su­chi­tra Sen. Sadly noth­ing con­crete has worked out. Fol­low­ing the in­fi­nite de­lay from the mak­ers’ side, Raima says she has no clue when things will re­sume.

“The idea of the biopic came to this Ben­gali di­rec­tor when he ap­proached me a few years ago. I also had a few meet­ings with the pro­duc­ers. Even though the script was ready, other char­ac­ters were not in place,” she says. On why the film never shaped up as ex­pected, Raima adds, “I don’t think the mak­ers ac­tu­ally got any­thing to­gether as such. Also, the prob­lem came when the film had to fi­nally go on the floors. Since they didn’t give me enough no­tice, by the time they called me to con­firm, I had al­ready started shoot­ing for an­other project.”

Clear in her head that she didn’t want to por­tray her grand­mother’s role just for the sake of it, she as­serts, “Also for this film, I wanted to do ex­ten­sive re­search and work­shops. I didn’t want to be in a hurry to do it. So maybe they got cheesed off and went to Vidya Balan to do this film.”

In 2015, Raima con­firmed that Vidya had turned down this biopic when she was of­fered the lead role. Re­call­ing the in­ci­dent she says, “Vidya then mes­saged me say­ing that ‘I can­not take up this of­fer be­cause I think only you can do it’.”

De­spite all this, Raima is still keen on the idea, “If they re­sume work on the biopic. I would love to work with the same di­rec­tor. He was fab­u­lous.”

I wanted to do ex­ten­sive re­search and work­shops. I didn’t want to be in a hurry to do it. So they went to Vidya Balan in­stead

RAIMA SEN, AC­TOR

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