We’ve been updating about the health of veteran actress Suchitra Sen since she felt uneasy and admitted to hospital. Now, the legendary actress, who remained the part of Bengali cinema for a long time, died of a heart attack in Kolkata’s Belle Vue Clinic today.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a gun salute at Suchitra’s funeral. Her last rites will be held in Kolkata’s Keoratola crematorium later today.
Suchitra was 82. She was admitted to hospital after suffering a respiratory tract infection and remained dependent on oxygen. She became very weak over the last several days.
The legendary actress started her career with the Bengali unreleased 1952 film “Shesh Kothai”. She is known to Hindi audiences for her character in 1955 film Devdas and 1975 film Aandhi.
Her on-screen chemistry with actor Uttam Kumar was proved to be most beloved on-screen couple with whom she delivered popular movies like Sagarika, Agnipariksha, Chaowa Paowa and Harano Sur. Her most acclaimed performances were in Bengali cinema.
Suchitra’s Bengali film Dweep Jele Jaai, which was released in 1959, was the most prominent movie of the actress in which she played a psychiatric nurse involved with a male patient. Another character of the actress was the double roles of a courtesan and her lawyer daughter in 1963 film Uttar Falguni.
Suchitra was honoured with the title of first Indian actress to be awarded at an International film festival, winning Best Actress title at Moscow Film Festival in 1963.
Suchitra hides herself from public eye after her 1978 film Pronoy Pasha flopped. She lived a life so reclusive that she allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005 because she didn’t want to make a public appearance.
Suchitra Sen was married to Dibanath Sen, scion of one of Kolkata’s most prominent business families. She is survived by her daughter actress Moon Moon Sen and grand-daughters Riya Sen and Raima Sen who are also a part of cinema.