Q&A: RIDDHI SEN
National Award-winning actor Riddhi Sen, 20, on acting, Kajol and helicopter parenting
Q. What was it like working with Kajol in Helicopter Eela?
Initially, it was a little unnerving. We heard the final draft of the script together and she cracked us up with her amazing sense of humour. As the shooting schedule progressed, our bond grew, we became friends, like the mother and son in the film.
Q. Are your parents (actors Kaushik and Reshmi Sen) helicopter parents?
Not at all. My parents are my best friends, especially my mom. In fact, it is the other way around. I am the one always calling her; I am very protective of her. Even with my father, there are no taboo topics. There is nothing they would hide from me.
Q. You’ve performed on stage and in films. Which one do you prefer?
They are both challenging in their own way. I had read an interview of Naseeruddin Shah where he had said that we have it all wrong with our ideas of over- and under-acting; there is just good and bad acting. I totally believe that.
Q. What’s your dream role in a film? And who are your dream directors?
Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. My favourite Hindi film director is Shoojit Sircar, and in world cinema, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.