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'My career shaping up well now'

Raima Sen is on a new high these days. She's got two exciting movies coming up: Eklavya and Honeymoon Travels Private Limited.

Besides, we'll be seeing much more of this Bengali actress this year, as she has quite a few other releases.

In this interview, she tells Priyanka Jain how she played a mentally challenged girl in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's multistarrer, how Saif Ali Khan gave her tips, and how she and Vidya Balan really hit it off.

She also gets candid about how her career took it's own time to take off, and how she barely had work at one point in her life.

Over to Raima:

You play a mentally challenged girl in Eklavya. How did you prepare for that?

I play Nandini, Prince Yashwardhan's (Saif Ali Khan) sister. I wouldn't call her mentally challenged. I would say she is a child woman. All of us have a child in us and in Nandini's case, she is more of a child. She is like an eight year old trapped in the body of a 25 year old.

If you look at Nandini, you won't think anything is wrong with her. You would only know when she says something.

So how did you prepare for it?

Pradeep Sarkar (who directed Parineeta) auditioned me about three or four times, and he told me to observe children and their behaviour.

Every time I went to Vidhu's home, I would observe his daughter Zuni. Vidhu and I had discussions about how Nandini would speak, and about her mannerisms. I had to be groomed for the role but a lot of things happened spontaneously on the sets as well.

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