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Kolkata, Jan 17 : Bengal on Monday remembered legendary Indian silver screen icon ‘Mahanayika’ Suchitra Sen on her death anniversary.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid tribute to Mahanayika Suchitra Sen on the
“Tribute to Mahanayika Suchitra Sen on her death anniversary,” Banerjee posted on her social networking page with a picture of the matinee idol.
Legendary actress Suchitra Sen took the nation by an ‘Aandhi’ when she made her foray into films
and soon became one of the best known faces of Bengali cinema.
Suchitra Sen, one of the most talented, yet most mysterious actresses, failed to make a smooth transition to B’Town, but stood out for her few powerhouse performances in Hindi films.
While she breathed her last on this day in 2014, her legacy in Bengali and Hindi cinema refuses to
leave the hearts of cinema goers in India and perhaps the world over.
Suchitra was born in Pabna, now Bangladesh as Roma Dasgupta. At the age of 16, she married Dibanath Sen, son of a wealthy Bengali industrialist. Her only daughter, Moon Moon Sen went to become a popular actress, as did her granddaughters Riya and Raima Sen.
Suchitra was one of the few stars who made their debut on the big screen after getting married.
Though her premier project ‘Shesh Kothaay’ never saw the light of day, her film opposite Uttam
Kumar ‘Sharey Chuattor’ did well at the box office and the lead pair was propelled into fame.
Theirs was a partnership that remained unbroken for more than 20 years and they have many a
Bengali super hit to their name. She remained popular all through the 1960s and the 1970s and
was most famous for her on screen romances and melodramas.
Her portrayal of Paro in her first Hindi movie, Bimal Roy’s ‘Devdas’ opposite Dilip Kumar, earned
her a ‘Best Actress’ Award. Two years later, in 1957, she starred again with Kumar in ‘Musafir’.
Sen continued to act even after the death of her husband. She is perhaps best remembered in B’Town for her marvellous performance as the strong willed politician in ‘Aandhi’. She even received a Filmfare nomination as ‘Best Actress’ for her character which was reportedly inspired by Indira Gandhi.
She also received global recognition when she won the ‘Best Actress’ award at the Moscow Film Festival for ‘Saat Paake Bandha’ and was the first Indian female actress to receive an international
The 82-year old actress also got the prestigious ‘Banga Bhibhushan’ in the year 2012 which was received by her grandchildren Riya and Raima Sen.
Extremely selective about the movies she chose, Sen refused Raj Kapoor’s offer for a film under RK banner and could not work on Satyajit Ray’s ‘Devi Chawdhurani’ due to date hassles, a film which Ray eventually never made.
After over 25 years in the limelight, Suchitra Sen retired from the film industry in 1978.
Suchitra was deprived of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005, after she refused to go to New Delhi and personally receive the award from the President of India.
Known as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema, Sen is known for her performances in films “Deep
Jwele Jaai” and “Uttar Falguni” in Bengali as well as Hindi movies “Devdas”, “Bombai Ka Babu”, “Mamta” and “Aandhi”.