Suchitra Sen Biography
Suchitra Sen was an Indian film actress who worked in Bengali and Hindi cinema. Suchitra Sen is a well-known Indian silver screen icon who dominated the Bengali Flim Industry over 25 yrs. She is known for her memorable roles in Bengali movies such as Uttar Falguni and Deep Jwele Jaai, as well as Hindi ones like Mamta, Bombay ka Babu, Aandhi, among others. She had the distinction of being the first Bengali actress to be rewarded in an international festival i.e. The Moscow Film Festival of 1963.
Suchitra Sen was born on 6th April 1981 in Pabna (Bangladesh). Her father’s name was Karunamoy Dasgupta and mother’s name was Indira Dasgupta. Her father was headmaster in a local school while her mother was a homemaker. She was their fifth child. Her birth name was Roma Dasgupta. She is a granddaughter of the famous Poet Sree Rajonikant Sen.
She received her formal education in Pabna Government Girls High School.
Suchitra Sen made her debut in films with Shesh Kothaay in 1952, but it was never released. The following year saw her act opposite Uttam Kumar in Sharey Chuattor, a film by Nirmal Dey. It was a box-office hit and her pairing with actor Uttam Kumar spawned a whole genre in itself which would recur in Bengali cinema for the next two decades. Now, this made her the most famous Bengali actress ever.
Over the years she has done superhits Bengali Flims like Shapmochan, Pathe Holo Deri, Saptabadi , Indrani, Sabar Upare, Haar Mana Haar, Nabaraag, Alo Mamar Alo , Bipasha and many more.
Her Hindi Superhits filma are Devdas, Aandhi, Mamta. Her first Hindi movie was Devdas (1955), which brought recognition of her acting skills in the form of Best Actress award. But perhaps the most worthy recognition was the nomination in Filmfare Award for Best Actress, for the movie Aandhi (1974), which was based on the life of Indira Gandhi.
One of her best known performances was in Deep Jwele Jaai (1959), in which she plays a nurse torn between a near-impossible duty and the pull of emotions. Asit Sen remade the film in Hindi as Khamoshi (1969), with Waheeda Rehman in the Suchitra Sen role.
Suchitra Sen’s other landmark film with Asit Sen was Uttar Falguni (1963).
Her International success came in the year 1963 when she won the Best Actress Award for the Movie Saat Paake Bandha in the Moscow Film Festival. She was also a contender of Dada Saheb Phalke Award, but as she refused to go to Delhi for personally receiving the award, it made her deprived from the Award.
She retired from the movies in 1978, and spent the rest of her in strict seclusion. She avoided the public glaze after the retirement and most of the time is busy with Ramakrishna Mission. She devoted her life to the spiritual space after retirement.
Best Actress, Moscow Film Festival (1963)
Best Actress, Filmfare Award (Nominated) (1963)
Padma Shri (1972)
Best Actress, Filmfare Award (Nominated) (1976)
Banga Bibhushan (2012)
She was married in 1947 to a Bengali industrialist, Dibanath Sen, and had a daughter whom they named Moon Moon Sen.
Suchitra Sen was admitted to the hospital on 24 December 2013 and was diagnosed with a lung infection. She was reported to have been recovering well in the first week of January. She died at 8.25 am on 17 January 2014, due to a heart attack when she was 82 years old.
Suchitra Sen’s death was condoled by many leaders, including the President of India Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (At that time).