Veteran actor Sumita Sanyal passes away at 71. She had done a considerable bout of work in the Bengali language film industry but as far as her Bollywood carreer is considered, the most notable one was Hrishikesh Mukherjee-directed Anand in 1970 opposite Amitabh Bachchan, which also featured Rajesh Khanna. Sumita Sanyal was married to film editor Subodh Roy and they have a son. Sumita Sanyal died at the age of 71 at her Lake Gardens home on Sunday.
According to family sources, Sanyal, who was ailing for sometime now, suffered a cardiac arrest around 10.30am and did not survive it. In her first film, she had Uttam Kumar as her hero. In Aashirwad, she was Sanjeev Kumar’s heroine.
Though the actress was not that visible on screen in the recent times, posterity will remember her performances in some of the iconic films of yesteryears. That list would include her role in Satyajit Ray’s Nayak opposite Uttam Kumar. Tapan Sinha had cast her in Dilip Kumar’s Sagina Mahato. Gulzar’s directorial debut -Mere Apne-had her in the cast along with Vinod Khanna. Who can forget her performance in Mukherjee’s Guddi along with Jaya Bhaduri?
The well-known actor Sumita Sanyal was born in Manjula Sanyal in Darjeeling, Bengal Presidency, British India. Her father was Girija Golkunda Sanyal.
Director Bibhuti Laha (of Agradoot) named her Suchorita for his film Khokhababur Pratyabartan. After that director Kanak Mukhopadhay decided to make it shorter into Sumita. Famous actor Lila Desai was very much known to Sumita. Lila introduced her to Agradoot. After she got a chance in Khokababur Pratyabartan, she acted in more than 40 films in Bengali including Sagina Mahato opposite Dilip Kumar and in the lead role in Kuheli alongside Biswajit and Sandhya Roy. She also has acted in a number of Hindi films, television serials, professional stage and in group theatre with the notable association with Ranga Sabha.
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Meanwhile, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee tweeted her condolences. She posted, “Saddened at the passing of veteran actress Sumita Sanyal. My condolences to her family, friends and fans” Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee also tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the demise of the veteran actress Sumita Sanyal May her soul rest in peace”
Saddened at the passing of veteran actress Sumita Sanyal. My condolences to her family, friends and fans
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 9, 2017
Saddened to hear about the demise of the veteran actress Sumita Sanyal
May her soul rest in peace
— Prosenjit Chatterjee (@prosenjitbumba) July 9, 2017
We pray that her soul rest in peace.