Riya Sen is an Indian actress and model. who predominantly appears in Hindi, Bengali, English, Telugu and Tamil films.
Sen comes from a royal background; her father Bharat Dev Varma hails from the royal family of Tripura. He was the son of Ila Devi, a princess of Cooch Behar and nephew of Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur. Sen’s mother Moon Moon Sen and grandmother Suchitra Sen were reputed veteran actresses. She began her acting career when she was 5 years old, playing her mother’s daughter on screen for the first time. Later in 1991 she worked as a child actress in the film Vishkanya. Her first commercial success in her film career was with Style, a 2001 Hindi low-budget comedy directed by N. Chandra. Some of her other notable films include producer Pritish Nandy’s musical film, Jhankaar Beats (2003) in Hinglish, and Malayalam horror film Ananthabhadram (2005). She won the Star Guide Award as best actress for her performance in Noukadubi.
Sen was first recognised as a model when she performed in Falguni Pathak’s music video Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi at the age of seventeen in 1998. Since then, she has appeared in music videos, television advertisements, fashion shows, and on magazine covers. Sen has worked as an activist and appeared in an AIDS awareness music video with the aim of dispelling popular myths about the disease. She also helped raise funds for pediatric eye-care and underprivileged children.
Personal life and Family
Born on 24 January 1981 in Kolkata, West Bengal, Riya is the daughter of Moon Moon Sen, a former actress, and granddaughter of Suchitra Sen, a legend in Bengali cinema. Before leaving for Mumbai, she lived in Kolkata with her parents and sister Raima Sen, also an actress. Her father Bharat Dev Varma is a member of the royal family of Tripura. Her paternal grandmother, Ila Devi, was a 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. Riya’s maternal great-grandfather Adinath Sen was a prominent Kolkata businessman, whose father 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.
Riya completed her schooling in ICSE from Loreto House in Kolkata. She went on to studying philosophy in a Bengali uccha madhyamik school Rani Birla Girls’ College (a University of Calcutta affiliate). Riya had a degree from the National Institute of Fashion Technology NIFT Mumbai in fashion designing and information technology. She went to London to the Pinewood Actors Studio for acting course and simultaneously did voice and dubbing classes. She also did a couple of private acting workshops with renowned British teachers. She learnt the Queens English -British accent with renowned voice coach Barbara Berkeley. She studied in New York at the TV1 acting studio in Times Square. Riya has also done a course in Paris at the Institute Marangoni for fashion and image styling. Riya also did a course at the University of Arts in London in ‘branding’ and a cooking course in Thailand at the blue elephant culinary school. Riya briefly practiced kickboxing and karate. She is passionate about painting and has been painting since she was a baby. She’s a certified yoga teacher. She did her 200 hours Teacher training course in Rishikesh for hatha vinyasa, Yin yoga teacher training course in dharamsala at the Trimurti school and Aerial yoga teacher training course from Ulu yoga in Bali.
During the filming of Shaadi No. 1 in France, she was knocked unconscious after being accidentally run over by a stuntman’s motorbike, but she was not seriously injured.
In August 2017, Sen married her boyfriend Shivam Tewari in a private Bengali Hindu ceremony.
Riya Sen at Subhash Ghai Christmas Party, 2011
Riya’s on-screen performances have established her as a bold youth icon in India. Since entering the film industry, she has gained attention for wearing a bikini in Shaadi No.1 and sharing on-screen kisses with co-stars Ashmit Patel in Silsiilay and Sharman Joshi in Style, respectively. Such performances garnered negative attention because of the relatively conservative outlook of Indian cinema at that time and her own statements about such practices. Riya’s public persona is compared to her mother Moon Moon, who was seen as a sex symbol of her time,.
Although her film career has yet to achieve large-scale success, Riya has generated considerable media attention. She was ranked ninth on Femina 50 Most Beautiful Women, published in the magazine’s September 2007 issue. She was a jury member for the 2008 Final of the Mr. India contest. Riya appeared in Haath Se Haath Mila, an HIV/AIDS awareness music video.She made charity appearances at McDonald’s India to raise money for paediatric eye-care during World Children’s Week (14–20 November) in 2003 and also for underprivileged children during the Corona virus pandemic in 2020.
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Riya first appeared as a child artist in the film when she was 5 years old later in 1991 she worked as a child actress in the film Vishkanya., where she played the role of the young Pooja Bedi. At the age of 19, she did National Film Awards winning director Bharathiraja‘s Tamil film, Taj Mahal (2000) which was written by Mani Ratnam while music was composed by A. R. Rahman, which did not achieve commercial success. She was scheduled to make her Bollywood film debut in Love You Hamesha, opposite actor Akshaye Khanna; however, the film was stalled, and she finally made her debut in N. Chandra‘s Style in 2001. This low-budget comed was the first commercial success in over a decade for the director. A launch pad for Riya, cast in the female lead along with fellow-newcomers, Sharman Joshi, Sahil Khan and Shilpi Mudgal, the film pioneered a trend of commercial success for small budget films in India. Riya and the second female lead of the film were replaced by aspirant actresses Sonali Joshi and Jaya Seal in Xcuse Me.
Her next success was Jhankaar Beats, comedy revolving around the music of legendary composer R D Burman, which saw her playing a small and glamorous role alongside Shayan Munshi, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna and Sanjay Suri. Produced by Pritish Nandy, publishing director of The Times of India, the film was made on a budget of Rs. 25 million (US$525,000), marking the sixth in a row of small to medium budget films made by Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC). Despite being part of a wave of offbeat films that mostly failed to make an impact at the box office, it drew public attention upon its release, which led to a commercial success among a restricted audience targeted by a selective release in twenty cities. It was one of the first films made in Hinglish, a mixture of Hindi and English.
Her films Style and Jhankar Beats have done wonders commercially. Her latter films Harry Baweja’s Qayamat and Subhash Ghai’s Apna Sapna Money Money were also box office hits and that ran for 150 days. These films were 4 consecutive hits in a row. While many of her appearances have been item numbers and cameos, few of her leading roles have been in Low-budget films. Though she had small roles in Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002), Qayamat (2003) and Plan (2004), attention was drawn to her item numbers in all three, especially the one in Qayamat that featured her in a bubble-bath. Besides this, she performed another item number in James (2005) on director-producer Ram Gopal Varma’s behest, who has a history of casting aspirant actress-models like Sameera Reddy, Isha Koppikar and Koena Mitra in similar roles. Furthermore, she took part in a dance number for Sajid Khan’s Heyy Babyy (2007) that featured several mainstream Bollywood actresses.
Riya has, in addition to Hindi films, appeared in Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English films. Her film career began in the earnest with Tamil films such as Bharathi Raja‘s Taj Mahal, co-starring Manjoj Bharatiraja in the male lead, and Manoj Bhatnaghar’s Good Luck, opposite Prashanth. Both of the films failed commercially, she also did a dance number for N. Maharajan’s Arasatchi.
Her first English language movie was It Was Raining That Night, a remake of the Bengali film Hei Brishtir Raat, scripted by Sudeshna Roy and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. In the film, she collaborated with her mother Moon Moon Sen. Riya was slated to appear in Anjan Dutt‘s Bengali-English bilingual film The Bong Connection with her sister, but she was eventually dropped from the project and replaced by Peeya Rai Chaudhary. The two sisters were later cast together in director Ajai Sinha’s 3 Bachelors, a Bengali film that started as The Bachelor in 2002 and was released in 2012.
Her most successful non-Hindi film has been director Santhosh Sivan’s Ananthabhadram (2005). The first Malayalam venture for both Riya and Sivan, was both a critical and commercial success. It won five Kerala State Film Awards and surfaced as one of the biggest Malayalam successes that year. She played the role of Bhama in the film, a village girl who is lured by Digambaran, the evil magician portrayed by Manoj K. Jayan. In a song-and-dance sequence showing Digambaran turning Bhama into a medium for demonic rituals, the choreographer Aparna Sindoor made abundant use of Kathakali movements. The use of Kathakali has been a high point in the resurgence of the classical dance form in other major Indian films as well, including Shaji Karun’s Vanaprastham (1999) and Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair (2005). She made her Telugu Debut with Nenu Meeku Telusa…?, in which she was paired opposite Manoj Manchu.
In 2012 Sen won the Star Guide Award as best actress for her performance in Noukadubi.
She was also featured in video song of Kamaal Khan album Suno To Deewana Dil in song Jaana.
|1991||Vishkanya||Young Nishi||Hindi||As a child artist|
|1994||Gajamukta||Bengali||As a child artist|
|Mone Pore Tomake||Riya||Bengali||Bangladeshi film|
|2002||Dil Vil Pyar Vyar||Gaurav’s girlfriend||Hindi||Cameo appearance|
|Qayamat: City Under Threat||Sheetal|
|Jhankaar Beats||Preeti||The language of the film was a mix of Hindi and English|
|2004||Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa||Kamini||Cameo appearance|
|Arasatchi||Iruvathu Vaisu||Tamil||Item number|
|2005||Ananthabhadram||Bhama||Malayalam||Debut Malayalam movie|
|Shaadi No. 1||Madhuri||Hindi|
|Tum… Ho Na!||Reema|
|It Was Raining That Night||Savitri Banerje||English|
|2006||Apna Sapna Money Money||Shivani||Hindi|
|Dil Kahin Hosh Kahin||–||Video album|
|Love You Hamesha||Meghna||Originally scheduled for release in 1999, credited as Rhea Dev Varma|
|2007||Heyy Baby||–||Item number|
|2008||Nenu Meeku Telusa…?||Madhu||Telugu||Dubbed into Tamil|
|2009||Zor Lagaa Ke… Haiya!||Chamki|
|Love Khichdi||Deepti Mehta|
|2010||Benny and Babloo||Riya|
|2011||Noukadubi||Kamala||First appearance with her sister Raima Sen|
|Tere Mere Phere||Muskaan||Hindi|
|2012||3 Bachelors||Nisha||Made almost 10 years ago|
|Rabba Main Kya Karoon|
|My Love Story||Item girl||Odia|
|2015||Roga Howar Sohoj Upaye|
|Dark Chocolate||Ishani Banerjee|
|2017||Lonely Girl||Radhika Kapoor||Hindi||Short film|
|2017||Ragini MMS: Returns||Simran||ALTBalaji|
|2019||Mismatch 2||Mishika||Hoichoi Originals|
|2020||Pati Patni Aur Woh||Rimjhim||MX Player|