Riya Sen (Bengali; born Riya Dev Varma on 24 January 1981) is an Indian film actress and model. Riya, who hails from a family of actors including Riya Sen’s grandmother Suchitra Sen, mother Moon Moon Sen and sister Raima Sen, began Riya Sen’s acting career in 1991 as a child artiste in the film Vishkanya. Riya Sen’s first commercial success in Riya Sen’s film career was with Style, a 2001 Hindi low-budget sex comedy directed by N. Chandra. Some of Riya Sen’s films include producer Pritish Nandy’s musical film, Jhankaar Beats (2001) in Hinglish, Shaadi No. 1 (2005) Malayalam horror film Ananthabhadram (2005).
Riya was first recognised as a model when Riya Sen performed in Falguni Pathak’s music video Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi at the age of sixteen. Since then, Riya Sen has appeared in music videos, television commercials, fashion shows, and on magazine covers. Riya Sen has been a heartthrob sensation throughout India and is known for Riya Sen’s gorgeous smile. Riya has worked as an activist and appeared in an AIDS awareness music video with the aim of dispelling popular myths about the disease. Riya Sen also helped raise funds for pediatric eye-care. Riya has faced controversies such as a MMS clip with actor Ashmit Patel, Riya Sen’s semi-nude photograph on photographer Dabboo Ratnani’s annual calendar and Riya Sen’s on-screen kisses in a conservative Indian film industry.