I represent the change that has happened in WB: Moon Moon Sen
Even in her 60s, she looks stunning and her sense of liberation which was widely admired in the film industry, is still intact. She has not only proved that ‘sex’ can look elegant on-screen if the actor has the right ‘attitude’ but also the fact that she can be a politician.
Meet actor Moon Moon Sen, daughter of late legendry Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, made her political debut in the 16th Lok Sabha election by defeating nine-time MP Basudeb Acharia of the CPI (M) in West Bengal’s Bankura constituency. She has contested the election on behalf of the Trinamool Congress and defeated Acharia, who had been winning the seat since 1980. Sen received 481,911 votes.
While sharing her experience with Millennium Post as a new Lok Sabha MP, Sen said, ‘I don’t have any words to express. It was something like experiencing your presence at the Martin Luther Center. Thanks to Mamata di (Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal) for giving me this opportunity. I represent the change in Parliament, which happened in West Bengal.’
She said, ‘I wish my mother could have been alive to see me in this role as a politician. She would have been proud of me. I miss her. I am here today in Delhi just because of Mamata di. She is so down to earth and always there for the needy. I would also like to thank my husband for being with me all the time. He is very open-minded and without his support and help, this journey could not have been impossible.’
Though, she was looking lost — on the first day of session — but also happy as a first-time MP. Sen was seen confidently walking in to Parliament following others in a white sari with gold borders.
When asked to share more on her experience in Parliament, the former Tollywood glamour girl said, ‘I was not feeling odd man out. Many friends of mine promptly came in to show me the way. I knew them before becoming the MP and therefore I was feeling very comfortable in the House.’
Calling BJP and Congress leaders like Hema Malini, Kamal Nath, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Shashi Tharoor, among others, as her old time friends, Sen said, ‘Her first priority will be to ensure drinking water to the people of Bankura. This is the area, which needs immediate attention and thanks to Subrata da (Subrata Mukherjee, West Bengal panchayat minister) for immense support in this project.’
She hinted that she is not going to quit the film industry and said, ‘That (acting) is something, which is there in my soul. I am not quitting the industry and already working on two movies including “Buno Haansh” and “Calcutta Calling”. I am very excited with these two movies and hopeful that people will like it.’
When asked whether her daughter Riya and Raima are also interested in the politics, she said, ‘The little one (Riya) is interested. They are grown up and they will decide what they exactly want to do in life.’
On the question of their marriages, she laughed and said, ‘They will decide on it.’