Born on January 24, 1981, Riya Sen Dev Varma is the daughter of Bharat Dev Varma, a descendant of the Royal family of Tripura, Cooch Behar and Jaipur and former actress Moon Moon Sen, now a member of Parliament. She is the granddaughter of legendary actress Suchitra Sen. (All photos/Riya Sen's official Instagram account, mid-day archives and Youtube screenshots)
Unfortunately, Riya could never make news for Bollywood movies but always took the internet by storm with controversies. She acted in notable films such as Style, Jhankaar Beats, Ragini: MMS Returns, however, her work in films could never do the talking, instead Sen grabbed eyeballs in 2005 after her MMS with actor Ashmit Patel went viral.
In 2005, an MMS of Riya Sen and her then-boyfriend Ashmit Patel showing the pair in a compromising position rocked the industry. Following this incident, the couple split, although Riya denied that she was the girl in the clip.
In 2006, Riya Sen was in the news for her friendship with Bobby Darling going kaput. The actress apparently drugged Bobby Darling on their trip to Indore.
In 2008, rumours of Riya Sen and Salman Rushdie dating kept gossip mills abuzz. Speculation was rife that India-born British novelist Sir Salman Rushdie was wooing Riya Sen whom he met at a nightclub in Mumbai. The novelist also invited her to New York where he had been spending much of his time after the end of his three-year marriage to actress and model Padma Lakshmi in 2007. "We get on really well but we are just friends. I met him through a family friend. I have spoken to him a few times," Sen was quoted saying. She also confirmed that she was invited to New York but insisted, "No really, we are not an item".
In 2009, Riya Sen was spotted with a new arm candy at Salman Khan's Eid party and later at various parties. He was Akhil Kapur, actor Vinod Khanna's nephew and first cousin to actors Akshaye and Rahul Khanna. Akhil is the younger brother of model Gautam Kapur (Gomzi), who was briefly married to Suman Ranganathan. A source told mid-day in 2009, "He thinks Riya is a sweet girl and that's all. She asked him to accompany him to events and he obliged. He wants to concentrate on his career right now and isn't looking for any distractions".
In 2010, Riya Sen dating Yuvraj Singh, after they met at a party made headlines. Yuvraj was just out of his apparent relationship with Deepika Padukone and was single. A source from the party was quoted as saying that Yuvraj and Riya left the bash together in the same car while walking hand-in-hand. But the buzz about the two soon fizzled out.
In 2010, Riya Sen was allegedly seen locking lips with Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj Pancholi. It happened at a south Mumbai nightspot. The starlet was apparently partying hard and was in high spirits, when she allegedly grabbed the 'Hero' actor, hugged him tight and planted a kiss on his lips. The shocked youngster struggled to free himself from Riya's embrace.
In 2010, Riya Sen again made headlines for reportedly arriving drunk on the sets of 'A Strange Love Story'. She was also accused of stealing jeans from the wardrobe.
In the same year, a media report stated that while dining out with friends, Riya Sen apparently wanted to order a drink called 'Sex on the beach', but she instead allegedly asked the waiter if 'he wanted to have sex?'
In 2011, Riya Sen shot for a jewellery commercial with cricketer Sreesanth, who played her hubby in the ad. Ever since, rumours of the two having an affair made headlines. When mid-day met Riya at a party, she said, "I really don't know who is circulating the rumours of Sree and me being a pair. I have done an ad with him, and we are buddies. For god's sake, can't I have male friends? I don't have to date every cricketer I meet socially or I'm friendly with. Can you believe it? A journalist was making inquiries with my building's watchmen, maids and drivers as to whether they have seen any cricket player at my residence."
In 2011, Riya Sen and Upen Patel were spotted getting cosy at a Juhu nightclub. Patel was in Mumbai and had hit the party circuit, where this happened. Officially they were there for the launch of a shoe brand.
Before Bipasha Basu, John Abraham dated Riya Sen and reportedly wanted to get married to her. But Riya rejected his marriage proposal as she wanted to concentrate on her film career.
In 2012, Riya Sen was spotted kissing a girl at a Mumbai nightclub. The identity of the young woman is not known.
In 2016, rumours of Riya Sen dating 'Indian Idol' fame Rahul Vaidya spread like wildfire after Rahul posted a photo of them together. Speaking to mid-day, Rahul denied the buzz and clarified saying, "We just caught up for dinner. And the moment we posted the pictures on social media, they went viral."
In 2017, while shooting for Ekta Kapoor's web series 'Ragini MMS 2', Riya Sen pulled down her co-star Nishant Malkani's pants! It was because she wanted to prove a point as to why only women are made to expose their body in intimate scenes.
However, this time around, the actress is in news for a rather good reason. Riya Sen is now a certified yoga teacher and trainer. The sex siren says yoga transformed her life and gave her inner peace. Riya took to Instagram to share the news with her fans. She said, "Hiya all ! as you know, Yoga has transformed my life and I am now a certified Yoga teacher and trainer! I take this opportunity to engage with you and help you transform your life through Yoga as well! (sic)"
Riya Sen is more keen on extolling the virtues of yoga than acting. She has been posting a lot of pictures and videos on her Instagram page, with an intent to inspire more and more people to practice yoga. Moreover, to get a healthy and fit life!
It's Riya Sen's birthday today. The Style actress has made the majority of buzz around her for controversial news than her films. However, this time around she is in the news for something that she'll be proud of. The sexy siren is now a Yoga teacher. Let's take a look back at the sensational controversies of the Bollywood actress and her transformation now!
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