Rimi Sen -
Born on September 21, 1981 in Kolkata, India is an Indian actress
working in the Bollywood film industry. Her real name is Shubhomitra
Sen. She is also a Odissi dancer and performed in the dance troupe of
the eminent Kolkata-based Odissi exponent, Aloka Kanungo.
Sen moved to Mumbai to become a film actress. She was first noticed when
she auditioned for a Coca-Cola advertisement, impressing Priyadarshan,
the director of the ad. In 2003 Priyadarshan cast her in his hit film
Hungama, establishing her in Bollywood. She then played Amitabh
Bachchan's and Hema Malini's granddaughter in the hit film Baghban later
that year. Her next big hit was the Yashraj produced Dhoom in 2004.
After a few box office failures in 2005, 2006 was successful for her
when Phir Hera Pheri and Golmaal were both box office hits. Her last
release of 2006 was the sequel to Dhoom titled Dhoom 2 which was a
blockbuster hit, though she had very little presence in the film. In
2007 she appeared in the critically acclaimed Johnny Gaddaar alongside
newcomer actor Neil Nitin Mukesh.
Rimi is now going by the screen name Rimii. She explains the name change
as a career move: there are many other Sens working in Bollywood right
now, and a single name may help her stand out from the crowd and stay
apart from others.
Rimi caused wise spread offence in an interview statement in 2005,
regarding the talent abilities of the director of the film Golmaal,
Rohit Shetty. When complimented by a journalist on how good she'd looked
in the film she was quoted as saying “Rohit Shetty is amazing as a
director that he can even make a Black African look pretty”. Numerous
social groups reacted negatively and called for Rimi to be made to
apologise for the comment. The interview was removed from many online
Bollywood related sites due to an onset of complaints from site
visitors. Rimi has not made a formal statement on the incident from any
medium at present.