|Riya Sen Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||January 24, 1981|
Riya Sen is an Indian actress and model who is best known for her work in films such as Style (2001), Jhankaar Beats (2003), Ananthabhadram (2005), Silsiilay (2005), Noukadubi (2011), Tere Mere Phere (2011), and Dark Chocolate (2016). She has acted in films made in multiple languages including Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, English, Telugu, and Odia. She has been featured on the covers of several magazines including Femina, Elaan, Man’s World, Gladrags, Savvy, as well as the Indian editions of Elle, Maxim, and Cosmopolitan.
Riya Dev Varma
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Riya had completed her schooling at Loreto House, an all-girls Catholic school in Kolkata. After her high school graduation, she had joined Rani Birla Girls’ College, an undergraduate arts college, also in Kolkata.
Thereafter, she had studied at the Mumbai campus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), an autonomous institution that offers courses in fashion, designing, technology, and management.
- Father – Bharat Dev Varma (Member of the Royal Family of the North-East Indian state of Tripura)
- Mother – Moon Moon Sen (Former Actress, Politician, Member of the Lower House of India’s Parliament from May 2014 to May 2019 representing the constituency of Bankura, West Bengal)
- Siblings – Raima Sen (Older Sister) (Actress)
- Others – Suchitra Sen (born Roma Dasgupta) (Maternal Grandmother) (Actress, Padma Shri Awardee) (d. January 17, 2014), Dibanath Sen (Maternal Grandfather) (d. 1970), Ila Devi (Paternal Grandmother) (Princess of the Former Princely State of Cooch Behar), Ramendra Kishore Dev Varma (Paternal Grandfather) (Member of the Royal Family of Tripura), Gayatri Devi (Paternal Grand Aunt) (3rd Maharani (Queen) Consort of the Former Princely State of Jaipur, from 1940 to 1949) (d. July 29, 2009), Indira Devi (born Indira Raje) (Paternal Great Grandmother) (Princess of the former Princely State of Baroda) (d. September 6, 1968), Sayajirao Gaekwad III (born Shrimant Gopalrao Gaekwad) (Paternal Great Great Grandfather) (Maharaja (King) of Baroda State from 1875 to 1939) (d. February 6, 1939), Adinath Sen (Maternal Great Grandfather) (Businessman), Dinanath Sen (Maternal Great Great Grandfather) (Diwan/Minister of the Maharaja of Tripura), Korunamoy Dasgupta (Maternal Great Grandfather) (School Headmaster), Rajonikant Sen (Maternal Great Great Grandfather) (Poet), Devika Devi (Paternal Aunt), Bhim Dev Varma (Paternal Uncle) (d. 2002)
5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
54 kg or 119 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Riya has dated –
- Ashmit Patel (2004-2006)
- Shivam Tewari (2017-Present) – Riya got married to her long-time boyfriend Shivam Tewari in a private Bengali Hindu ceremony in August 2017.
Race / Ethnicity
- Diminutive frame
- Center-parted, shoulder-length, wavy hair
- Gleaming face
Riya has been featured in the print/TV commercials for several brands including –
- Colgate toothpaste
- Dabur Vatika
- Cadbury Dairy Milk
- Nirma Lime Fresh soap
- Lakmé Cosmetics
- Keo Karpin body oil
- Close-up toothpaste
In 2006, she was appointed the brand ambassador of the soft drink, Limca.
Riya Sen Facts
- Riya and her older sister Raima both use ‘Sen’, their mother’s last name, as their on-screen/stage surname. In official documents, however, they both have been registered with the surname ‘Dev Varma’, their father’s family name.
- A former student at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, she is known to design most of the clothes that she wears in films and TV commercials. She also designs jewelry, as a hobby.
- She is a trained Kathak (one of the 8 major forms of Indian classical dance) performer, has taken kickboxing lessons, and has also completed one of the 5 levels of training in belly dancing.
- In November 2003, during World Children’s Week, she had made charity appearances at McDonald’s India to raise funds for pediatric eye care.
- During the shooting of the 2005 comedy film Shaadi No. 1 in France, she had been accidentally run over by a stuntman’s motorbike. Although she had been knocked unconscious for a while, she was not seriously injured.
- In September 2007, she had been ranked 9th in Femina magazine’s list of the ’50 Most Beautiful Women’. The following year, she was a jury member at the final of the Mr. India contest.
Featured Image by Riya Sen / Instagram