RIP Suchitra Sen: Greta Garbo Of Bengali Cinema

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sen-5[tps_footer]The Tigress Of Bengal, Legendary actress Suchitra Sen who was known as the Greta Garbo Of Bengali Cinema passed away today, January 17, 2014 of a heart attack at a super-speciality hospital in Kolkatta.

The condition of the eighty two year old actor had deteriorated last evening after which she suffered a massive cardiac arrest leading to her death at 08:25 am, family sources said.

Sen was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic on December 23, 2013 following a respiratory tract infection. Later she was treated in a private Intensive Care Unit for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Rama Dasgupta or Suchitra Sen was born in Pabna, now in Bangladesh, on April 16, 1931 to a school teacher father and homemaker mother. She was sixteen when she married Dibanath Sen, son of a wealthy business family in Kolkatta, in 1947.

By the time she had her first big hit in 1953’s Sharey Chuattor opposite Uttam Kumar, she had already been married six years and was the mother of a five-year-old Moon Moon Sen.

She started her career with the Bengali film Shesh Kothaay in 1952. She went on to receive a National Award for her performance in the 1955 Devdas, which was her first Hind film. She is also the first Indian actress to be awarded at an International Film Festival, Best Actress Award for Saptapadi in the year 1963 at the Moscow Film Festival. The film also starred Uttam Kumar, Chhabi Biswas and Chaya Debi and was directed by Ajoy Kar.

She has been known for her fire brand attitude and had the guts to refuse Satyajit Ray‘s offer due to date problem, as a result, Ray never made the film Devi Chaudhurani and if this was not enough she even refused to work for Raj Kapoor who had offered her a film under his banner R.K. Films.

In the year 1978, when her film Pronoy Pasha with Soumitra Chatterjee flopped, she disappeared from the public eye and allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005, preferring to live in seclusion.

In the year 2012, she was conferred West Bengal Government’s highest award, Banga Bibhushan for her immense contribution to Bengali Cinema.

May her soul rest in peace.[/tps_footer]