Na­tional Award-win­ning ac­tor Rid­dhi Sen, 20, on act­ing, Ka­jol and he­li­copter par­ent­ing

India Today - - INSIDE - —Malini Banerjee

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.

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