Interview : Raima Sen

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Raima Sen will be soon seen playing a widow in Aparna’s Sen directorial film THE JAPANESE WIFE – A love poem under Saregama films banner. The actor tells our correspondent that she enjoyed herself thoroughly shooting for the film.

Tell us about your character in THE JAPANESE WIFE?
I play the role of ‘Sandhya’ in this film, who is a widow and single mother of an 8-year-old. This is the first time I’ve played a character, which is not glamorous but didn’t want to let go off this opportunity as this is Aparna Sen’s film.

So what’s the story of THE JAPANESE WIFE?
This is a haunting but improbable love story which revolves around a young village school teacher (Rahul Bose) marrying his Japanese pen friend (Chigusa

‘I enjoy playing a widow’

Takaku) over letters and remaining true and loyal to her throughout his life, while actually never meeting her.

Sources claim that this film is based on a book?
That’s absolutely true! The film is based on title story of THE JAPANESE WIFE and other Stories by Anglo-Indian author Kunal Basu, who writes from Oxford.

How was it working with tough task master aka perfectionist Aparna Sen?
Well honestly, I was scared before because I had this pre-conceived notion that she is really tough on the sets. Whenever I goofed up during a scene, she used to explain and even yell when needed but gradually it went smoothly. She used to pamper me like her daughter and it was such a wonderful experience working with her. I’m truly blessed.

How was it working with your co-star Rahul Bose?
I think he’s brilliant as an actor and I learnt a lot from him. We shared a good rapport and I enjoyed a lot.

Most of your work is non-commercial films. Any specific reason for that? I’ve no idea but whatever I get, I do without any complaints.

What are your upcoming films?
There are a few of them like SUNGLASS, Vinay Shukla’s film MIRCH and Rituparna Ghosh’s NAUKA DOOBI.

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