Suchitra Sen, one of the Bengal’s most celebrated actress passed away this morning at about 8.25 a.m.at Belle Vue Clinic – a private nursing home where she was admitted on December 24.
Suchitra Sen was swinging between life and death for the past 26 days but in the past couple of days had shown signs of improvement. But the infection on her chest proved fatal and she died of cardiac failure this morning, according to doctors.
Take a look at her top 5 roles.
Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar in Saptapadi (1961). The iconic bike sequence of the film became a template for most Bengali romantic songs. Made during the height of the Uttam-Suchitra wave, the film is about the doomed romance of a Bengali Brahmin boy and a Christian girl. Suchitra Sen in her breakthrough Hindi film, Bimal Roy’s Devdas (1955). Here, she shared screenspace with Bollywood superstars like Dilip Kumar and Vyjanthimala, and yet held her own. Her interpretation of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s iconic heroine, Paro, was all about restraint. Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar in the 1958 blockbuster Indrani. The superhit pair starred in more than a dozen films and were considered the first couple of the Bengali film industry. Unlike other heroines of Uttam Kuamr films, Suchitra Sen demanded, and got, equal billing and screen time. Suchitra Sen in Saat Paakhe Badha (1963). Her turn as a disgruntled and conflicted woman caught between an upright, unrelenting husband and an overbearing mother, won her a best actress award in the Moscow film festival. She was the first Indian actress to get an international acting award. Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar in Gulzar’s 1975 classic, Aandhi. Allegedly, Suchitra Sen took special diction classes to improve her Hindi for this film and insisted on dubbing for herself. As weary, middle-aged politician who is taking stock of her life, Sen embodied dignity and power.