Riya Sen, renowned model and actress, hails from a family that has remained associated with films for many generations. Raima Sen, her elder sister, Moon Moon Sen, her mother, and Suchitra Sen, her grandmother, are actresses and have remained part and parcel of Bengali and Hindi film industries for many years. Bharat Dev Varma is her father, and she is related to a royal family of Tripura from her father’s side. She was born on 24 January 1981 in Kolkata, West Bengal. Ila Devi, her paternal grandmother, was the princess of Cooch Behar, whose younger sister Gayatri Devi was the Maharani of Jaipur. Indira, her paternal great-grandmother, was the only daughter of MaharajaSayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda.
Following the footsteps of her sister, mother and grandmother, Riya also decided to join the film industry and became an integral part of Bengali and Hindi film industries thanks to her talent and performances. By participating in the Hindi film ‘Vishkanya’ (1991) as a child actress, she started her acting career. The film turned out to be a moderate success. It took almost a decade for Riya to make her debut as a leading heroine in ‘Style’ (2001), a sex-comedy film. Though the film was much criticized by the critics, it was commercially successful and led the actress’ to her fascinating acting career. After ‘Style’, she showed her talent in ‘Qayamat: City Under Threat’ (2003), and ‘Jhankar Beats’ (2003). Both films did decent business at the box office. Besides Hindi movies, Sen also featured in Bengali and other South Indian films. She last performed in Dark Chocolate (2016), a Hindi and Bengali production. Her fans will be able to see her in her forthcoming project Lonely Girl – A Psychological Thriller’.