Actress Riya Sen might have been linked by the grapevine to Salman Rushdie but for her Rabindranath Tagore symbolises the perfect man.
Riya, granddaughter of screen legend Suchitra Sen, says she is a true Bengali at heart who adores Tagore. “I grew up reading Tagore and none expresses the emotion of love like he did and he understood women so well. He is the perfect man everyone dreams of, including me,” Sen says.
The actress, who is known more for being a screen siren after making her Bollywood debut with N Chandra-directed “Style”, will be seen next in a deglamourised role in Rituparno Ghosh's “Noukadubi”, based on Tagore's novel, in which she shares screen space with her sister Raima. Incidentally, Raima was featured in Ghosh's previous movie “Chokher Bali”, also an adaptation of the Nobel laureate's work.
Though Riya began her acting career as a child in Bengali film “Bishkanya” [in 1990s], she did not keep herself confined to Tollywood. She has done films in Hindi, English [“Jhankar Beats”], Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
The actress says she never felt the pressure of living up to the reputation of her grandmother as an actress.
Among Riya's forthcoming Hindi films is an untitled one by eminent director Ketan Mehta.