Suchitra Sen, legendary Bengali actress, dies at 82

Suchitra Sen, legendary Bengali actress, dies at 82
Legendary actress Suchitra Sen, one of the leading lights of the golden age of Bengali cinema, died in Kolkata’s Belle Vue Clinic at 82 today.

The actress had been in hospital since December 23, being treated for a respiratory tract infection. She was dependent on oxygen support and grown very weak over the last few days. Ms Sen began her career with the unreleased Bengali film Shesh Kothai in 1952 and is known to Hindi film audiences for her roles in Bimal Roy’s Devdas (1955) and Gulzar’s Aandhi (1975). With actor Uttam Kumar, she made up one-half of Bengali cinema’s most beloved screen couple, delivering hit films such as Harano Sur, Sagarika, Chaowa Paowa and Agnipariksha.

Suchitra Sen most acclaimed performances were in the Bengali films Dweep Jele Jaai (1959), in which she played a psychiatric nurse involved with a male patient, and Uttar Falguni (1963), in which she played the double roles of a courtesan and her lawyer daughter. Ms Sen was also the first Indian actress to be awarded at an international film festival, winning Best Actress for Saptapadi at the Moscow Film Festival in 1963.

After her 1978 movie Pronoy Pasha flopped, Suchitra Sen retired from public life, living a life so reclusive that she allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005 because it meant making a public appearance.

Suchitra Sen was married to Dibanath Sen, scion of one of Kolkata’s most prominent business families. She is survived by her daughter Moon Moon and grand-daughters Raima and Riya, all three actresses.


  1. Shalu Dhyani 10 years ago

    Sad. My father used to like her a lot. In fact he liked Madhuri Dixit because he felt that her face was a combination of two of the most beautiful women – Suchitra Sen and Madhubala. RIP.

  2. aryan 10 years ago


  3. 10 years ago

    One of the greatest actress of Indian Cinema !!! RIP .

  4. Anjanpur685Miles 10 years ago

    Have seen many films and songs of her. Though Devdas was dominated by Dilip and Vyjayanthimala mostly; this is my most fav song of her.

  5. Anjanpur685Miles 10 years ago


    Her greatest contribution to Indian Cinema was being part of Devdas.

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    sputnik 10 years ago

    Have watched only one movie of hers – Aandhi. Liked her in that one but found her voice nasal/drunk somewhat like Meena Kumari. RIP

  7. cr7 10 years ago


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