With a flurry of successes right at the beginning of her career, Rimi Sen was one of the hottest newcomers in town when she was launched by Priyadarshan in Hungama (2003). However, allegations of being outspoken and someone who was seldom diplomatic started making the rounds due to which Rimi Sen was lost in oblivion. This is before Thank You happened that has now enabled her to make a big comeback.
“Rimi was enjoying a dream run back in there in the early part of the decade”, informs an industry insider, “Her line up of films was enviable what with back to back hits like Hungama, Baghban, Dhoom, Garam Masala, Phir Hera Pheri and Golmaal in her kitty. The only films that didn’t work for her were Deewane Huye Paagal and Kyun Ki but there too she had the privilege of working with the biggest of stars like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan.”
The actress even won immense acclaim for her comic timing but surprisingly things started going downhill for her from this point on. No one really knows what exactly transpired but suddenly the industry wasn’t too receptive of her any more.
“She did films like Hat Trick, Johnny Gaddaar, De Taali and Sankat City as well but though her act was appreciated, the films weren’t successful. Also, if one looks carefully, most of these films were small time affairs and hardly gave any impetus to Rimi’s career”, continues the insider.
Just when it seemed that she was totally out of circulation, Thank You came as a shot in the arm for Rimi and she was glad to accept the part of Irrfan Khan‘s wife in the film.
“I think she had to go slow for a few years as she doesn’t believe in too much planning”, reflects Bazmee when asked about the reason behind Rimi’s disappearance and sudden comeback, “Also she is very bindaas and maybe because she is not a very politically correct girl, she suffered in this industry.”
The maker is ecstatic though that Rimi has come up with a superb author backed performance in the film. So much so that he goes on to declare, “She is a very honest girl and with Thank You, she will be back in a commercial setup big time. She is better than many girls out there in Bollywood who are riding a success wave.”