Memorable Suchitra Sen Films

Suchitra Sen can easily be called the Queen of Bengali cinema. The actress who passed away on January 17, 2014 lived a life of a recluse post retirement. But while she was still working in films, Suchitra was a star nevertheless. While most of her films can be termed as legendary today, here’s a list of 5 most memorable films of Padma Shri Suchitra Sen.
Devdas- Already an established star in Bengali cinema, Suchitra Sen made her Bollywood debut with Bimal Roy’s ‘Devdas’ opposite Dilip Kumar. The film was a soaring success and was included in all must see Hindi films of all time. Suchitra played Paro, the love interest of the alcoholic Devdas.
Saat Pake Bandha- One of Suchitra Sen’s best performance came from the film ‘Saat Paake Badha’. Directed by Ajoy Kar, the film is regarded as one of the all-time great films of Bengali cinema. This film went on to become a big milestone in Sen’s career as she won the prestigious Best Actress Award at the Moscow Film Festival.
Aandhi- Suchitra Sen played the lead role allegedly based on the life of India’s former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in lyricist Gulzar directed ‘Aandhi’. Sen’s look in the film was inspired by that of politician Tarkeshwari Sinha. The film was not allowed a full release when Indira Gandhi was in power and was even banned during 1975 emergency.
Deep Jwele Jai- Directed by Asit Sen, Suchitra Sen delivers one of her best performances in the film ‘Deep Jwele Jai’ as a nurse. The film was lauded for its performances and music, especially for the song “Ei raat tomar amar”.
Uttar Falguni- Suchitra Sen plays a double role in this Bengali drama film. Directed by Asit Sen, ‘Uttar Falguni’ was awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali. Interestingly, the film was remade in Hindi as ‘Mamta’ by Asit Sen himself with Suchitra Sen in the lead again.
Agnipariksha- Another memorable Suchitra Sen film is ‘Agnipariksha’ directed by Agradoot. The film stars Bengali superstar Uttam Kumar opposite Sen. Sen and Uttam Kumar were popular as a lead pair in Bengali cinema and went on to do many films together.

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  1. She started her career as a singer. after that she turns to a actress.she won more awards from Bengali cinema.

  2. She act as a actress after her marriage.but her bad luck he dies in 1970.after that some years she wouldn’t act in any films.

  3. Suchitra grand childs Raima and Riya sens are most beautiful actress in the bollywood film industry.

  4. All these information are very well known about Suchitra Sen and most of all point number 6 that she and Uttam Kumar were a hit jodi and acted in about 31 movies together.

  5. No one knows the few facts on why she led a hermit life after retirement. Its been widely speculated that or its more noticeable that she became very spiritual detaching herself from materialistic world.

  6. That by nature is not so easy for anyone who attained fame and fortune. So Suchitra sen by all means is a huge soul having detached herself and refused all the awards that came to her later.

  7. She was the first Bengali artist who bagged the award for Best Actor Female at an international film festival. It was for her role in Saat Paake Bandha at the 1963 Moscow Film Festival.

  8. Suchitra Sen established the award for Best Actor Female for her first appearance movie in Bollywood, Devdas.

  9. Her Aandhi was barred for 140 days after its release in the state of Gujarat. It was later broadcast on a state-run national television channel, when the Janata Party came to power in 1977.

  10. She was led a very low profile public life after her withdrawal from films. She used up most of her time at the Ramakrishna Mission.

  11. She was coupling with Uttam Kumar was the biggest-hit jodi of Bengali film industry. They acted in about 31 films jointly.

  12. Suchitra Sen refused to work in Satyajit Ray‘s Chaudhurani because of date problem. since of that, the Oscar winning director never made the film.

  13. She was played a dual role of the courtesan Pannabai and her daughter Suparna, a lawyer, in Uttar Falguni.

  14. She was born in Pabna District, now in Bangladesh.Her debut film Shesh Kothaay in Bengali was never released.

  15. We express our deepest gratitude to the late actor for entertaining us with so many glorious performances. May her soul Rest in Peace.

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