Last updated on 8 July 2014 at 18:09.
Raima Dev Varma
on 7 November 1979
) is an Indian film
who primarily appears in Bengali films. Her performances have been acclaimed critically on more than one occasion.
She is the daughter of
Moon Moon Sen
and the granddaughter of actress
. Her sister
is also in the
industry. Their father
Bharat Dev Varma
is a member of the royal family of
Her paternal grandmother, Ila Devi, was the princess of
, whose younger sister
Her paternal great-grandmother
was the only daughter of
Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III
Raima[replacesinglequotehere]s maternal great-grandfather Adinath Sen was a prominent Kolkata businessman, whose son Dinanath Sen - a relative of former Union Law Minister
Ashoke Kumar Sen
- was the
or a Minister of the Maharaja of Tripura.
The sisters are credited on-screen under their mother[replacesinglequotehere]s maiden name, although their official papers carry the surname Dev Varma.
Sen made her debut in the film
, which was a critically acclaimed
success, but her minor role may have been overlooked in favour of the protagonist, played by
. She then starred in the film
[replacesinglequotehere]s daughter, where her small performance was appreciated.
Her breakthrough role came when she starred in the
. After a few more average movies she had a critically acclaimed
hit in 2005 with
, where she played the playmate of the film[replacesinglequotehere]s heroine, essayed by the debutante
. Since then she has had two more hits with the action thriller
and the Bengali film
(where she had a very small role). In 2006, she appeared in the film
The Bong Connection
). In 2007, she worked in the thriller
Manorama Six Feet Under
with Abhay Deol. In 2011, she starred in the hit Bengali film
She has signed her first
film and she is expected to do more South Indian films.
Raima[replacesinglequotehere]s public profile and image is much lower-key and more demure than that of her sister
who has been compared more to
. Raima is also said to resemble
much more than either her mother or her sister.
Journalists who meet her describe her as easy to talk to, and devoid of starry airs.
In an interview, she says while she enjoys Mumbai[replacesinglequotehere]s faster pace of life, its gyms and its nightclubs, she misses her family in Kolkata, her dog cuddles, and Kolkata[replacesinglequotehere]s street food, notably Jhal Muri and Aloo