Raima Sen wants to know if you like her portrayal of Tagore's muse

Press Trust of India   | December 18, 2012 11:37 IST (Kolkata)
Anjan Dutta

Raima Sen is waiting for the audience reaction to her portrayal of Kadambari Devi, Rabindranath Tagore's sister-in-law and inspiration behind many of his poems.

Actress Raima Sen is anxiously waiting for the audience reaction to her portrayal of Kadambari Devi, Rabindranath Tagore's sister-in-law and inspiration behind many of his poems, in a docu-feature on the poet by Rituparno Ghosh.

Raima Sen said that considering the intensity of the subject and the period look, she was keen to see how it all went.

"It is an intense role I haven't done for a long time. I hope I have done justice to what Rituda had wanted of me," she said, who is seen in both Bengali films and Hindi films.

She said acting in the role was also a learning experience for her as she came to know Kadambari Devi better through her study of the persona which had an important role in Tagore's life.

Kadambari Devi, whom Rabindranath Tagore addressed fondly as "Choto Bouthan", had committed suicide shortly after Rabindranath's marriage, but the reason for her extreme step was never known since the suicide note she had written was allegedly destroyed.

Her death had left Rabindranath Tagore so devastated that he went into a cocoon for sometime.

Apart from the 'challenging' role of Kadambari Devi, the Bengali beauty has also launched herself into other roles, different from the coy and docile characters she so far played.

"An example is my hippie-like character 'Isani' in Moinak Bhowmik's Maach Misti and More which required me to behave like a hippie and walk and dress like them, though I didn't have to wear beads and headgears."

She says as she is stress-free, uninhibited and uncomplicated in real life, which sums up Isani's character as well, essaying the character was not a big deal for her. "I guess the unpredictability factor is constant for both. I have shades of a hippie, though obviously I was not around when they visited India. I picked it up from what I learnt and as told by the director," Raima told PTI in one of her candid interviews.

About Anjan Dutta's new film Ganesh Talkies, where she is in one of the lead roles, Raima said she had been yearning to work with 'Anjanda' after Bong Connection.

She said she was paired opposite Chandan Roy Sanyal. Meanwhile, Raima has completed Haoa Badal with Parambrata, the Hemlock Society actor's second directorial venture, and C/O SIR with IFFI silver peacock winner Arekti Premer Galpo director Kaushik Ganguly.

"Parambrata and I shared screen space in Haoa Badal and we were co-actors in Chaya Manush besides Baishe Srabon," she said.

Asked if she was portraying herself in recent films, Raima said, "The characters are different, the situations I am put into are different but there are shades of me more in recent films."