Remember the gorgeous Sweety Dixit in Dhoom? The simple, unassuming girl behind all the glam is Rimii, who has been known for doing comical roles. And now, she is back with what she does best in Milan Luthria's cricket-based flick Hattrick. In an exclusive, the Bong babe speaks on playing a Dhoni-crazy wife in this film.
You play a Dhoni fan in the film?
I'm playing Kunal's wife in the film and we two are in love with each other. We get married and after marriage I fall in love with the cricketer Dhoni. So it becomes an extra marital affair for me!
So are you a Dhoni fan also in real life?
No, I don't like to watch cricket. I'm not a cricket fan at all; I don't like any cricketer as such. But I like Sachin Tendulkar right from the beginning.
So Kunal Kapoor plays a jealous husband! How's he off-screen?
Kunal is a very sweet person to work with. Very young, very talented, very professional, very hardworking. It was a wonderful experience working with him because I'm very comfortable with him. He is also very young so if we are doing a particular shot then I can tell him that let's do it this way, let's do it that way. And he also can tell me the same. So we are very comfortable working with each other.
How about the eccentric Nana Patekar?
I don't have any scene with Nana Patekar but we have shot one music video together. It called Wicket Bacha. And we shot that music video basically to promote our film Hattrick which is on right now. We had great fun while shooting for the music video.
Tell us about the World Cup anthem "Wicket Bacha"
Wicket Bacha is a video which we shot basically to promote our film. Everybody has got a different look in that video. Like I'm wearing a transparent kurta with shorts and I've got a very nice look in that video. Falghuni designed my look for it. And Nana sir has also got a very different look. Nana sir, Pareshji, Danny sir, everybody is looking very different in the music video. Everybody was supposed to dance. So I think that was hilarious because everybody has got a unique style of dancing!
Perhaps you will get to work with Nana in Yahan Ke Hum Sikander...
No, I've not yet signed that film.
How was it working with Milan Luthria for the first time?
I always wanted to work with Milan. I was dying to work with Milan Luthria since I saw Deewaar. I told him that please do let me know if you have got a nice character for me. And after one year he approached me for Hattrick. So when he narrated the script out, I was like very excited, oh baba, cricket today is the hot subject! I have got a very nice character in it. So I was very excited. And I told him "let's do it". So, then that's how Hattrick happened.
You have done a lot of comic flicks. Do you aspire to do any serious roles?
If I get an opportunity to work with directors like Abbas Mustan or Anees Bazmee and Milan Luthria then definitely I'll go for it otherwise I prefer doing comedy films because I'm very comfortable doing comedy films. You are the lucky mascot for Priyadarshan
Priyadarshan is a very confident director and he is such a person that he knows that he can make anybody act. So that's the best thing about him. When Ratanji called me for Hungama he just looked at me and said that I don't need to do any screen test because I think I can make anybody act. So I've learned a lot from Mr. Priyadarshan, he is a very confident person and he is a brilliant director to work with, a nice human being and his comic timing is brilliant. So I think it was a pleasure working with him.
Are you doing any films with him?
No, not yet.
You've got a chance to work with big names like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan at the beginning of your career. How does it feel?
I was very excited when I was working with Salman because I love Salman Khan. I think I did Deewane Hue Paagal, Garam Masala and Phir Hera Pheri with Akshay Kumar, and he is a very professional actor and it was a nice, it was a wonderful experience working him.
Are you there in the third part of Hera Pheri?
No I don't think I'll be able to do.
Which projects are you doing in the future?
I'm doing two films right now. But I don't want to say anything about those two projects. But after Hattrick I haven't signed any other film so I'll be doing these two projects and then I'll be waiting for the right opportunity again.
Finally is Rimii Sen your real name?
No my real name is Shoumitra Sen. I think Shoumitra Sen is a very long name S-H-O-U-M-I-T-R-A, very long and very old fashioned. I thought it won't look good below a photograph. Actually my nick name is Rimii. So I like this name and I decided to keep it. But yes, there is a huge confusion between Rimii Sen, Raima Sen and Rima Sen. That's why I'm not using 'Sen' anymore. I'm just using Rimii, I am fed up of my surname!