Suchitra Sen, an Indian actress

Suchitra Sen, an Indian actress

Suchitra Sen (6 April 1931 – 17 January 2014), an Indian film actress who worked in Bengali and Hindi cinema.

Early Life

She was born on 6 April 1931, in Sirajganj District, Bangladesh. Her father, Korunamoy Dasgupta was a headmaster. Her mother, Indira Devi, was a housewife. She attended Pabna Government Girls High School. When partition hit in 1947, her family settled in West Bengal.

In 1951, she was auditioned as a playback singer and seemed to be interested in singing. But an acting role was offered to her by Sukumar Dasgupta. Sukumar’s assistant director Nitish Roy gave her the name ‘Suchitra’.

Career

In 1952, Suchitra Sen made her film debut with Shesh Kothaay, but it was never released. She starred in her first cinematic film, Sat Number Kayedi, opposite to Samar Roy in 1953. Her other movies were like, Kajari and Bhagaban Sri Krishna Chaitanya came out the same year. She first appeared in Nirmal Dey’s acclaimed Bengali film Sade Chuttar, opposite to Uttam Kumar. They became the most successful star couple in Bengali cinema.  They also appeared together in Shapmochon, Sagarika, Harano Sur, Indrani, and Saptapadi. She acted in only seven Hindi and 53 Bengali films, in which 30 of her 60 films, she’s worked with Uttam Kumar.

She became the first Indian actress to win an international film award when she won the best actress award at the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival for the movie Saat Paake Bandha, in 1963.

In her first Hindi movie, Devdas, she was nominated for a Best Actress Award. Most famous Bengali actress ever for her melodramas and romances with Uttam Kumar.

Her other memorable roles include being a hospital nurse in 1959’s ‘Deep Jwele Jaai’ and playing both a courtesan and lawyer in 1963’s ‘Uttar Falguni’.

Awards

She won the best actress award at the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival for the movie Saat Paake Bandha, in 1963.

In 1972, she was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.

In 2012, she won the Banga Bibhushan for lifetime achievement in film acting

Death

Suchitra Sen died on 17 January 2014, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She had a lung infection and died due to a heart attack.

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