Riya Sen is an Indian actress and model. Coming from a family of actors, Riya is famous for the 2001 Bollywood film Style. Presenting to you some interesting facts about her personal life, filmy career, controversies, marriage, etc.
Riya Sen Dev Varma is the daughter of famous actress Moon Moon Sen and granddaughter of the yesteryear star Suchitra Sen. Raima Sen is her sister. Suchitra Sen was an established Bengali and Hindi film actress. Riya began her career in the glamour world as a child artist in 1991 in the movie, Vishkanya as young Nishi. She shot to fame with a low-budget Bollywood movie Style which released in 2001. Riya Sen is also well-known for her roles in the movies, Jhankaar Beats and Shaadi No. 1. She was recognised as a model at the age of 16. Besides being an actress, she has appeared as a model in the commercials for many popular brands. Moreover, Riya Sen is also a philanthropist and raised awareness for AIDS.
Riya Sen is 5′ 1″ tall and weighs around 50 kilos. Her figure measurements are 32-26-34. She has dark-brown eyes and her hair are black in colour.
Sen is also a certified yoga teacher and trainer.
Family & Religion
Riya Sen was born on 21 January 1981 (37 years) in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Her father is Bharat Dev Varma and her mother is the famous actress as well as the politician, Moon Moon Sen. Moon Moon Sen is a TMC (Trinamool Congress) member of Parliament from Bankura, West Bengal constituency. Her father belongs to the royal family of Tripura. Raima Sen is her sister.
Suchitra Sen is her maternal grandmother.
Boyfriends & Husband
Riya Sen has been rumoured to date many actors in the past. Her name has been linked with actors John Abraham and Ashmit Patel.
She was rumoured to be in a relationship with the Novelist Salman Rushdie.
Moreover, she was linked to cricketers, Yuvraj Singh and Sreesanth.
Finally, on 16 August 2017, she married her boyfriend Shivam Tewari in a private ceremony in Kolkata.
Riya Sen completed her schooling from Loreto House, Kolkata and graduation from Rani Birla Girls’ College, Kolkata. Riya also is a certified fashion designer and did a Course in Fashion Designing from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai. Riya Sen made her first on-screen appearance in 1991 as a child artist in the Bollywood film Vishkanya as Young Nishi. Riya Sen has worked in diverse cinema from Hindi to Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam, English, Telugu, and Oriya.
At the age of 16, Riya got the recognition as a model from Falguni Pathak‘s music video Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi in 1998.
Her Tamil debut was in the year 1999, Taj Mahal as Machakanni.
In the year 2001, she made her Bollywood debut with the movie Style. In the same year, Riya Sen got a break in the Bengali cinema with the movie Mone Pore Tomake.
In 2005, she appeared in a Malayalam movie Anandhabhadram and a Hollywood movie It Was Raining That Night.
Riya Sen made her Telugu debut with the movie Nenu Meeku Telusa…? in the year 2008.
In 2013, Riya appeared in the Oriya movie My Love Story.
Sen has endorsed various products and brands like Lakme, Keo Karpin Body Oil, Reliance, Nirma Lime Fresh Soap, Close Up Toothpaste, Colgate Toothpaste, Gitanjali Jewellery, Dabur Vatika Hair Oil, Limca, Agni Jewellery, etc.
Riya Sen has modelled for various popular fashion designers like Ritu Kumar, Manish Malhotra, Neeta Lulla, Raghuvendra Rathore, Ranna Gill, JJ Valaya, Arpan Vohra, etc.
She also acted in a short film Lonely Girl (2017) as Radhika Kapoor and in a web series Ragini MMS: Returns (2017) as Simran.
Riya Sen is trained in Kathak dance and is still pursuing it under Vijayshree Chaudhury.
In 2007, Femina Magazine ranked her ninth among 50 Most Beautiful Women. Riya was also one of the jury members of Mr India 2008 contest finale. She appeared on the cover of various magazines like Enlighten India, T3, Stylespeak, etc.
Riya has been working as an activist and appeared in an AIDS awareness music video with the aim of dispelling popular myths about the AIDS. As of 2017, she is the only female face to be featured on the annual calendar for five consecutive years, that is, 2003 to 2007.
Riya Sen has often been viewed as a bold youth icon. The public persona of Riya Sen is compared to her mother Moon Moon Sen, who was seen as a sex symbol of her time.
- In 2012, Riya Sen won the Star Guild Bengali Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Noukadubi.
Once an MMS of her and her then boyfriend, Ashmit Patel was leaked which went viral on the Internet. The MMS showed the pair in compromising positions in a hotel bedroom.
- Riya Sen likes to eat Black Cod Fish and Mexican Chicken.
- She prefers Thai cuisine at any time.
- Her favourite restaurant is Nobu.
- Sen likes to watch the movies, Titanic (1997) and Gone with the Wind (1939).
- Riya’s favourite cars are Porsche Cayenne.
- She likes to go to London and Paris for her holidays.
Riya is passionate about cars. Her personal collection of cars include Tata Indica, Ford Ikon, and Audi A4.
- She smokes and drinks alcohol.
- Sen is a Non-Vegetarian.
- Her hobbies include Swimming, Doing Yoga, Listening to Music, Dancing, and Painting.
- Riya and her sister Raima Sen use the surname of her maternal grandmother Suchitra Sen.
- She is also an avid dog lover.
- During the shooting of Shaadi No. 1 (2005) in France, she got unconscious after being accidentally run over by the motorbike of a stuntman, but she was not injured seriously.
- On 17 November 2022, she became the second Bollywood actress after Pooja Bhatt to join Rahul Gandhi‘s Bharat Jodo Yatra; she joined the yatra in Ankola, Maharashtra.