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. We take a look at her contribution to cinema through the years.
Suchitra Sen poses with her husband Dibanath Sen and daughter Moon Moon Sen. (Express archive photo)
Suchitra Sen made a successful entry into Bengali films in 1952 after her marriage. She debuted in ‘Shesh Kothaay’ that year, however, the film never released. The following year, she appeared in Nirmal Dey's 'Sharey Chuattor' opposite Uttam Kumar. The film became a Box Offcie hit and they went on to become the icons for Bengali dramas. (Express archive photo)
In 1955, Suchitra Sen appeared in her first Bollywood film – 'Devdas' along with Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala and Motilal among others. Her performance as Paro earned her a Best Actress Award.
The 60s' and 70s' saw Suchitra Sen in a number of Bengali melodramas and romances, which brought her immense fame and popularity. Even after her husband passed away, she continued to act. (Express archive photo)
In 1974, Suchitra Sen played the role of a politician in Hindi film 'Aandhi'. The film, which was inspired by former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi earned the actress a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actress.
One of her most notable performances was her role of a hospital nurse, Radha in Asit Sen's Bengali film 'Deep Jwele Jaai' in 1959. The director later remade the film in Hindi as 'Khamoshi' (1969) with Waheeda Rehman. (Express archive photo)
Another well-remembered of Suchitra Sen with Asit Sen is 'Uttar Falguni' (1963), in which she played a dual role - a courtesan Pannabai and her daughter Suparna, a lawyer. The film was awarded National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali at the 11th National Film Awards.
Film Director Asit Sen and Suchitra Sen on the set of film 'Mamta'. (Express archive photo)
That same year, Suchitra was honoured with the Best Actress Award at the Moscow film festival for her role in 'Saat Paake Bandha', becoming the first actress to receive an international film award. (Express archive photo)
She later declined to star in Satyajit Ray's 'Devi Chaudhurani' due to date problems. She also refused an offer by Raj Kapoor for a film under the RK banner. (Express archive photo)
After her last Bengali film 'Pranoy Pasha' with Soumitra Chatterjee failed, Suchitra Sen ended her career of 25 years and submitted to a life of quite seclusion, devoting her time to the Ramakrishna Mission. In 2005, Suchitra Sen was to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. However, she refused to accept it, preferring not to make a public appearance. (Express archive photo)