Almost a little over two decades ago Riya Sen featured in Faguni Pathak’s hit music album song, Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi. Moon Moon Sen’s daughter and veteran actress Suchitra Sen’s granddaughter looked super comfortable and easy in front of the camera. The song went on to become a chartbuster during its times. But did you know that Riya Sen was just sweet sixteen when she featured in this music video? Well, Riya started pretty early and was a regular in the modelling scene. The actress debuted in films as a child actor and played the younger version of Pooja Bedi in 1991 film Vishkanya. A decade later the actress forayed into movies as a leading lady, however, success eluded her.
In the music album front though, Riya had a successful run. She went on to feature in some of the most popular singers like Lata Mangeskar, Asha Bhosle, Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udas and Sonu Nigam’s album songs. On the silver screen, Riya bagged her first hit with Sharman Joshi starrer Style. The actress was also a part of Rahul Bose starrer Jhankaar Beats. Here’s a look at Riya’s first album song and the hit numbers that followed afterwards...
# Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi, Falguni Pathak
#Jhumka Gira Re, Asha Bhosle
#Jab Saamne Tum, Jagjit Singh and Lata Mangeshkar
#Kahin Kahin Se, Lata Mangeshkar
While Riya did not taste much success in the movies, she was one of the most popular faces in the pop album scene. The actress’ relationships often made headlines and she was linked to John Abraham, Ashmit Patel. In fact, Riya split with Ashmit after an MMS clip of the couple’s intimate moment in a hotel bedroom went viral. It was also said that the MMS was a publicity stunt for Riya and Ashmit’s Bollywood film Silsilay. The bold image continued to stay with Riya from the beginning of her career. Rya was one of the first heroines to do a bold photoshoot for Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar in 2004.
While Riya has made headlines for various reasons, the actress has also been one of the first few stars to be associated with the cause of AIDS awareness campaign. Today, Riya Sen is happily married to Shivam Tiwari. We wish the petite bombshell a very happy and rocking birthday!