Suchitra Sen, the veteran Bengali actress who made her debut with Shesh Kothaay in 1952 and had a 25 year career, passed away at a hospital in Kolkata this morning. She was hospitalised a few weeks ago when she complained of breathlessness and subsequently, she passed away this morning after she had a cardiac arrest. Her daughter, actress Moon Moon Sen and her granddaughters Riya and Raima Sen were with her in the hospital at the time of her death.
Though her first film was Shesh Kothaay, the film was never released. The following year, she was seen in a Nirmal Dey film which co-starred Suchitra and Uttam Singh. This film was a major hit and it launched the two as a leading pair in Bengali cinema.
In 1955, she played the iconic role of Paro in Bimal Roy’s Devdas, for which, she won her first Best Actress Award. Later, she went on to win the Best Actress Award at the Moscow Film Festival, becoming the first Indian woman to win an international award.
Uttar Falguni, Deep Jwele Jaai and Khamoshi were some of her iconic films.
She came under controversy when she refused to accept the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005; which deprived her of the title. May her soul rest in peace…