Kolkata: Riya Sen is an Indian film actress and model, who comes from a family of actors including her grandmother Suchitra Sen, mother Moon Moon Sen and sister Raima Sen celebrates her birthday on Tuesday.
She began her acting career in 1991 as a child actress in the film Vishkanya. Her first commercial success in her film career was with Style, a 2001 Hindi movie directed by N. Chandra.
Riya was first recognised as a model when she performed in Falguni Pathak’s music video Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi at the age of sixteen in 1998. Since then, she has appeared in music videos, television commercials, fashion shows, and on magazine covers.
She has worked as an activist and appeared in an AIDS awareness music video with the aim of dispelling popular myths about the disease. She also helped raise funds for pediatric eye-care.
Her next success was Jhankaar Beats, a comedy revolving around the music of legendary composer R D Burman, which saw her playing a small and glamorous role alongside Shayan Munshi, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna and Sanjay Suri.
In 2012 Sen won the Star Guide Award as best actress for her performance in Noukadubi.
Besides Hindi films Riya has appeared in Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English films as well. Last year in 2016 she worked in Dark Chocolate, a Bengali Crime Thriller.