Today is the 87th birth anniversary of Bangli`s romance and nostalgia Suchitra Sen. This great actress was born on April 6, 1931, in the house of Karunamoy Dasgupta and Indira Devi in Pabna district of the then East Bengal (now Bangladesh). She was their fifth child and third daughter. Sen is a granddaughter of the famous Poet Sree Rajonikant Sen. Her birth name was Roma Dasgupta. She was also known as Krishna Dasgupta by her friends. During her school days, her interest in the cultural activities continued to increase. She had a great voice, she could dance well, and she was also fluent in acting. In 1947, she was married to industrialist Adinath Sen`s son, Dibanath Sen.
Sen made her debut in films with ‘Shesh Kothaay’ in 1952, it was never released though. Her first release `Saat Number Kayedi` was released in 1953. In the same year, her film with Uttam Kumar `Sharey Chuattor` got released and got unprecedented success. After that, she did not have to look back. The next 20 years as an unforgettable couple in Bangla film Uttam-Suchitra emerged as an icon. The skyrocketing popularity of this romantic pair created a benchmark that remains unchallenged to this day. No other romantic pair in Bengali cinema in the subsequent decades has been able to match up to the magic created by Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar. Her last film with Uttam Kumar was `Priyo Bandhabi`
Suchitra Sen starred in seven Hindi films, and also starred in a Tamil film. She received a Best Actress Award nomination for the film Devdas (1955), which was her first Hindi movie and a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Actress for `Aandhi`. Her last film `Pranay Pasha` was released in 1978 but failed to get desired success. After 25 years of a glorious journey in acting, she retired in the same year and went behind the audience eyes.
As recognition of her outstanding contribution to the film, she has been honored with various prestigious awards throughout her life. In 1963, for her extraordinary performance in the film `Saat Paake Bandha`, she received the `Moscow International Film Award` as the first Indian actress. The Indian government awarded her the prestigious `Padma Shri Award` in 1972 and `Dadasaheb Phalke` award in 2005. Although she did not agree to take the prize by breaking her concealment, so it was not possible to give the `Dadasaheb Phalke` award to her. In 2012, the West Bengal government awarded her the `Banga Bibhushan` award. At that time her daughter Munmun Sen accepted the award on her behalf.
Why this dazzling star of Bengal chose the exile from her outside, is still a mystery. Despite repeated requests from many, she refused to leave the concealment. Suchitra Sen died on 17th January 2014 due to heart failure. Suchitra Sen`s death was condoled by many leaders, including the then Indian President and Prime Minister Dr. Pranab Mukherjee and Dr. Manmohan Singh respectively. Even the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina also condoled in the demise of this great actress. A gun salute was given before her cremation, upon the orders of Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal.
On her birth anniversary, we remember this alluring actress with great respect and love.