Riya Sen reveals “conscious decision” to leave Bollywood

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Riya Sen, who began her career in 1998 in the song Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lag, sung by Falguni Pathak, has revealed that she made a conscious choice to leave Bollywood movies, after she wasn’t happen with the “sexy” image she was having to portray.

Talking to PTI, the actress said, “I realised some of the films I did, after a few hits that I had, they weren’t working for me because I wasn’t comfortable in the roles I was playing. That’s why probably people thought I was a bad actress and I don’t blame them. At that point when I did a lot of Bollywood movies, it was about being sexy, the clothes that you wear, the makeup that you do. I didn’t fit into that”.

Sen continued to say that the image was something that she found increasingly difficult to continue with in real life, “I found myself very uneasy, very uncomfortable. It wasn’t me. I couldn’t go on set every day, get my hair curled for hours and sit with all that make-up. It just didn’t do it for me. I took a conscious decision to stop working in Bollywood movies at that time”.

Sen took to Bengali cinema and has seen success since, “I’m fitting into this world better than I did in the typical Bollywood formula movies. I’m not saying I’m no more open for Bollywood movies, but I’m very happy where I am. The web series also offers you tremendous space to do all kinds of roles”.

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