Nandana Sen is known to be an actress, writer, and child activist. She is the daughter of Nobel Laureate and Bharat Ratna economist Amartya Sen and Padma Shri winner Nabanita Dev Sen, one of the most prominent authors in the contemporary Bengali literature. With such genes, the world of entertainment seemed destined in her future. Sen attended Harvard University as an undergrad, and trained in theater at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York, as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She was last seen in 2010 on the big screen, but will be returning this year (November 7th) in Ketan Mehta’s upcoming film ‘Rang Rasiya.’ The film is based on the life and times of the 19th century legendary painter, Raja Ravi Varma, which is essayed by Randeep Hooda. Sen will be playing Sugandha, Raja Ravi Varma’s muse. Read on for an interview with Sen where she candidly speaks about returning to Indian cinema after a gap of six years, and much more!
Nandana who is actively involved in promoting the movie, said the following regarding the mood of the film,
“It feels just like Diwali should – a new and auspicious beginning for our film, a burst of music, a celebration of lights, color and love.”
When asked about the various controversies that surround the movie especially for its nude and intimate scenes, Nandana says,
“Rang Rasiya focuses on art and freedom, not sex and nudity. It would be so ironic to censor myself in a film that criticizes censorship, wouldn’t it?”
She further adds that Ketan Mehta is an extremely sensitive filmmaker and it was only after he reassured her that she finally overcame her apprehensions and said yes for the movie. The beautiful actress credits her hugely supportive family for always standing by the decisions she makes. “I took time to think it over and to discuss it with my family”.
Clearing the air about reports that said she has started taking her marriage more seriously after playing Goddesses Saraswati and Lakshmi, the Nandana quipped, “I have grown up worshiping both Goddesses, especially Saraswati who is our family deity. But I love being human, with all my flaws and follies!”
When asked whether the movie will be a box office success or not, the talented actress was confident that ‘Rang Rasiya’ is a unique film with strong story, stunning visuals and great music, perfect ingredients for a mega blockbuster.
Nandana has various other projects in the pipeline. Her next Bengali movie is based on a Tagore story. Here’s wishing the doe eyed beauty and the entire team of ‘Rang Rasiya’ all the very best! Presented by Jayantilal Gada (Pen), Rang Rasiya is directed by Ketan Mehta, produced by Deepa Sahi and Aanand Mahendroo. It stars Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen and newcomer Triptha Parashar in lead roles. Be sure to check it out when it releases November 7th, 2014!