Rimi Sen in a recent interview revealed that she has tried to get good roles in Bollywood movies. She even auditioned for the movies Munna Bhai MBBS and Swades but it did not work out. Rimi shot to fame after movies like ‘Hungama’, ‘Phir Hera Pheri’, Golmaal, and many more. She played an entertaining role in the movies but soon got lost from the limelight.
She is missing the acting space and in an exclusive interview said:
“I started off with music videos and songs, so I had to work because of financial issues. I didn’t even have a degree to earn my bread and butter. But since I am a trained classical dancer, expressions came naturally to me. I never chose this profession, it chose me. I am not fond of attention and fame; I don’t like being noticed by anyone or being a popular person. I got into modeling, made a portfolio, and entered films because I just wanted to be financially stable. I wanted to make money, that was my only goal in life,”
Rimi kept getting the same kind of roles which made her reject those offers:
“Feature films are a different ball game; apart from the creative satisfaction of acting, movies also gave me a lot of money. But I was typecast into comedy films and was so tired of doing them! The director would write the script on the sets, it was all in his mind. 60 per cent of the time I didn’t get to see the script of the movies I worked in,”
Rimi did try to change her screen image by playing strong roles in the movie ‘Johnny Gaddar and Sankat City but:
“When wanted to do serious work, I approached Sriram Raghavan, Tigmanshu Dhulia but unfortunately those films were way ahead of their time and didn’t work out, so my options were again closed,” she muses, adding, “I had done a commercial with Ashutosh Gowariker, so, I had a cordial relationship with him and hence I also auditioned for ‘Swades’. But later on, Gayatri Joshi got it. I had also auditioned for ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ and had even received a positive response also for it, but eventually, Gracy Singh played the part. So, there have been several such instances and opportunities that I have lost, but then such things are part and parcel of an actor’s life, one has to take it positively in their stride.”
After working for a decade in the acting industry Rimi took a break
“I am a descendant of freedom fighter Surya Sen; he was related to my grandfather and I belong to his bloodline, so, I had a certain sense of arrogance in me. I was also in the mood for protest, but when I calmed down, I realized that roles were more important than acting and that one has to gel well with the entire team. It was very mechanical for me. I left the industry by the time I was 27-28 as I was getting work that I didn’t want to do,”
Talking about the OTT’s which have gained huge recognition over time, Rimi is curious to work on web series,
“The thing was that I didn’t fight enough and gave up too early. Maybe, I gave up too soon when I should have stayed around for at least 3-4 years more. But I was so tired! However, now, with OTT, I feel I can get more opportunities. I want to work for creative satisfaction and not for my survival. Now women after 30 can also do lead roles, which was not the case before,”
Hope to see and reminisce her acting once again very soon.