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My Dream Man Is Rabindranath Tagore, Says Riya Sen

She was famously linked to Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie and it looks like Riya Sen has a thing for authors as she considers the Bard of Bengal,Rabindranath Tagore, the perfect man for herself.The controversy-prone
PTI May 09, 2010 12:00 IST
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She was famously linked to Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie and it looks like Riya Sen has a thing for authors as she considers the Bard of Bengal,Rabindranath Tagore, the perfect man for herself.

The controversy-prone starlet, who is the grand-daughter of legendary actress Suchitra Sen says that she is a true Bengali at heart who adores the 'Gitanjali' poet.

"I grew up with Tagore and nobody ever expresses the emotion of love like he did and he understood women so well.He is the perfect man everybody dreams of, including me," Sen told PTI.

The actress who is as well known for her sultry good looks as her acting skills will be seen in a totally deglam avatar in Rituparno Ghosh's 'Nauka Dubi', based on a story of the same name by the Nobel prize winning poet.

"I am working with my sister Raima in the film, though we do not share any scenes in it. The story is  different fromthe one written by Tagore, but it is based on the same elements," said the 29-year-old actress.

Sen too will join the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore in Kolkata today, a city which is dear to her heart.

"Kolkata will always be special to me. My family, mom,dad, grandmother all live there. I am based in Mumbai and travel a lot, but Kolkata will always be home," said Sen who made her acting debut as a child-artiste with 'Vishkanya' in 1991.

Though her Bollywood career has gone cold, Sen is back in the limelight as the cover girl of men's magazine Maxim.

Dressed in a crocheted mini dress, Sen proves that sheis a 'ten' when it comes to glamour, though she is not sure whether that worked for her in her showbiz career.

"At times, I feel I could have done without it, but then again, I have realised that it's great. There are so many people trying to have such an image which has come naturally to me," said the actress who has in the past grabbed headlines albeit for all the wrong reasons.
 
From a naked MMS clip with actor Ashmit Patel to her semi-nude photograph on lensman Dabboo Ratnani's annual calendar, Sen has had more than her share of controversies,though her career did not benefit from all the free publicity.

The actress' last outing on silver-screen was the multi-starrer comedy 'Paying Guest' released last year but she is optimistic that 'Nauka Dubi' will be a turning point in her life.

"I have been wanting to do a film like this for a long time and I enjoyed it's making thoroughly. It's a film which challenged me as an actor," said Sen who made her debut in Bengali cinema with a small role in Ghosh's 'Abohomaan'. In 'Nauka Dubi', she shares the screen with her elder sister Raima, as well as Sharmila Tagore and Priyanshu Chatterjee.

The Bengali beauty has also moved on to the South,with movies in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu to her credit."I take up the good roles that come my way, whichever be the language," said Sen. PTI