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Updated: January 17, 2014 18:17 IST

Suchitra Sen passes away

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Suchitra Sen. File photo
Suchitra Sen. File photo

Legendary Bengali actor Suchitra Sen who was undergoing treatment at a private health facility in the city died in Kolkata on Friday morning.

She was 82 and is survived by daughter Moon Moon Sen and grand daughters Raima and Riya Sen.

She suffered a massive heart attack on Friday morning and died at 8.25 a.m., doctors attending her said.

Suchitra Sen was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic in southern parts of the city on December 23, with chest infection. A seven member medical board, headed by doctor Subrata Maitra, was treating her over the past three weeks as her condition fluctuated between critical and stable.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was in regular touch with doctors visited the hospital after hearing about her death. Ms. Banerjee said she was a “legendary figure” who could stay away from public eye for over thirty years when many carve for it.

“When I came to see her for the second time at the hospital she asked who I am, with lot of affection,” she said. The family wants that her final rites to be completed peacefully at a crematorium in the city, Ms. Banerjee said.

Sen acted in over 50 movies between 1952 and 1978 of which six were in Hindi. She went into recluse after her last film was released. Over the past three decades she withdrew herself from public life and did not meet people except her family members.

Prominent cinema personalities expressed grief over her death. Renowned actor and director Aparna Sen described her as a “legendary actress” and said, with her death an era has come to end in Bengali cinema.

Actor Mithun Chakraborty said that Sen was undisputed number one actor and a rare mix of beauty and talent.


Suchitra Sen was her own starJanuary 17, 2014

Her two movies - 'AANDHI' with Sanjeev Kumar and 'BOMBAI KA Babu" with Dev
Anand stand out. An era has ended.

from:  seshadri
Posted on: Jan 17, 2014 at 19:42 IST

There can not be another Suchitra Sen in Bengal, never and never.

from:  Satyabrata Biswas
Posted on: Jan 17, 2014 at 18:32 IST

Hugely shocking! Though every human has to pass through this passage, but SOMEONE's EXODUS is just beyond acceptance.So is with late Suchitra Sen.I saw her first in a Hindi film Bambai Ka Babu in which she brilliantly gave her performance of the complication of a relationship.Keeping her undying memory in the heart, praying the Almighty to grant her sole an eternal PEACE.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2014 at 13:47 IST

I can only recall her dialogues in the cult movie Uttar Falguni..."Devyani died, may Pannabai die someday, but my Suparna will survive with dignity".
Fame everyone greed for, but recluse everyone fears, this iconic figure taught us over past 3.5 decades how to handle it with dignity.

from:  Anjan Banerjee
Posted on: Jan 17, 2014 at 13:34 IST

Suchitra was iconic in Bengal ,though her fame did not quite spread
outside.we Bengalis revered her (though it did not take on the kind of
mad revellery which one sees in the case of Tamil Nadu's Rajnikanth,
Kamal Haasan and a few others).
Often described as the Indian Greta Garbo - with the Swedish beauty
too stepping down at the pinnacle of her career and leading the life of
a recluse for 50 years before she died in 1990, aged 84 - Sen has always
evoked curiosity about her privacy.

from:  J.S.Acharya
Posted on: Jan 17, 2014 at 12:27 IST

Heartfelt Condolenses,She was extremly beauty,talented and the best actress.RIP

from:  Pandit Patil
Posted on: Jan 17, 2014 at 11:16 IST

Suchitra Sen was a brilliant actress who endeared herself to audiences with her beauty and histrionic talent. Her films with Uttam Kumar and her outstanding performance in the Gulzar directed 'Aandhi' where she was cast opposite the immensely talented Sanjeev Kumar remain green in memory.Although she had withdrawn into a shell and had not been part of Bengali cinema for decades, she will always be regarded as one of the finest actresses from Bengal.

from:  C V Aravind
Posted on: Jan 17, 2014 at 11:07 IST

Feeling sad on the demise of this legendary actor. Her role in Aandhi was brilliant almost modelled on the then PM Smt Indira Gandhi. Her acting was like a breath of fresh air. She was the first actress who held her sway in the times when it was a taboo to work after marriage. Her role in Bimal Roy's Devdas was unbelievable. May her soul rest in peace.

from:  Ashutosh Jha
Posted on: Jan 17, 2014 at 10:51 IST
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