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Suchitra Sen

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Bimal Roy's, Devdas (1955)
Born Roma Dasgupta
April 6, 1931 (1931-04-06) (age 78)
Pabna, British India
(Now Bangladesh)
Years active 1953-1978
Spouse(s) Dibanath Sen

Suchitra Sen (born 6 April 1931) [1](Bangla: সুচিত্রা সেন, Hindi: सुचित्रा सेन) or Roma Dasgupta is a Indian actress who has attained legendary status because of her performances in Bengali cinema. In particular, the movies in which she paired opposite another legend in Bangla films, Uttam Kumar, are all-time classics in Bengali cinema. She now lives a life of a recluse rarely making any public appearances. When she left movies, she was slowly but steadily losing the position of leading lady of Bengali silver screen.

She is the first Indian actress to be awarded in an international film festival (Best Actress award for the movie Saat Paake Bandha in 1963 Moscow film festival). Her films with Uttam Kumar are still shown as re-runs on Bengali TV channels such as ETV Bangla, Aakash Bangla, DD7 Bangla and so forth; many of them are available on video CD. Notably, she allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (the Indian equivalent of a lifetime Oscar) in 2005, preferring to live in seclusion out of the public eye.


Personal life and education

Sen was born in Pabna, British India (now Bangladesh). Her father Karunamoy Dasgupta was the head master of the local school and her mother's name was Indira Dasgupta. She was their fifth child and third daughter. She had formal education in Pabna.

She married Dibanath Sen, son of a wealthy Bengali industrialist, Adinath Sen, in 1947 and had one child, Moon Moon Sen, a noted actress.

Sen made a successful entry after marriage into Bengali films circa 1952, and then a less successful transition to the Bollywood film industry. According to some unconfirmed but persistent reports in the Bengali press, her marriage was severely strained by her success in the film industry.


Sen made her debut in films with Shesh Kothaay in 1952, but the film was never released. The following year saw her act opposite Uttam Kumar in Sharey Chuattor. The film became a box-office hit and it was remembered for launching Uttam-Suchitra as a leading pair. They went on to become the icons for Bengali dramas for more than 20 years, becoming almost a genre to themselves.

She received a Best Actress Award for the film Devdas (1955), which was her first Hindi movie. Her patented Bengali melodramas and romances especially with Uttam Kumar, made her the most famous Bengali actress ever. Her films ran through the 1960s and the 1970s. Her husband died, but she continued to act in films, such as the Hindi hit film Aandhi (1974), where she played a politician. Aandhi was inspired by India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Sen received a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress, while Sanjeev Kumar, who essayed the role of her husband, won the Filmfare as Best Actor.

She refused Satyajit Ray's offer due to date problem, as a result Ray never made the film Devi Chawdhurani. She also refused Raj Kapoor's offer for a film under RK banner. She retired from the screen in 1978 after a career of over 25 years to a life of quiet seclusion. She has avoided the public gaze after her retirement and has devoted her time to the Ramakrishna Mission.[1] Suchitra Sen was a contender for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005, provided she was ready to accept it in person. Her refusal to go to New Delhi and personally receive the award from the President of India deprived her of that award.

Selected Bengali filmography

Year Movie Director Co-stars
1953 Saat Number Kayedi Sukumar Dasgupta Samar Roy
1953 Bhagaban Srikrishna Chaitanya Debaki Bose Basanta Choudhuri
1953 Saare Chuattor Nirmal Dey Uttam Kumar
1953 Kajori Niren Lahiri
1954 Sadanander Mela Sukumar Dasgupta Uttam Kumar
1954 Agnipariksha Agradoot Uttam Kumar
1954 Ora Thaake Odhare Sukumar Dasgupta Uttam Kumar
1954 Grihaprabesh Ajay Kar Uttam Kumar
1954 Atom Bomb Taru Mukherjee Robin Majumdar
1954 Dhuli Pinaki Mukherjee Prasanta Kumar
1954 Maraner Parey Satish Dasgupta Uttam Kumar
1954 Balaygraas Pinaki Mukherjee Uttam Kumar
1954 Annapurnar Mandir Naresh Mitra Uttam Kumar
1955 Shapmochan Sudhir Mukherjee Uttam Kumar
1955 Sabar Uparey Agradoot Uttam Kumar
1955 Snaajhghar Ajay Kar Bikash Roy
1955 Devdas (Hindi) Bimal Roy Dilip Kumar
1955 Snaajher Pradeep Sudhangshu Mukherjee Uttam Kumar
1955 Mejo Bou Debnarayan Gupta Bikash Roy
1955 Bhalabaasa Debaki Bose Bikash Roy
1956 Sagarika Agragami Uttam Kumar
1956 Trijama Agradoot Uttam Kumar
1956 Amar Bou Khagen Roy Bikash Roy
1956 Shilpi Agragami Uttam Kumar
1956 Ekti Raat Chitto Bose Uttam Kumar
1956 Subharaatri Sushil Majumdar Basanta Choudhury
1957 Harano Sur Ajay Kar Uttam Kumar
1957 Pathe Holo Deri Agradoot Uttam Kumar
1957 Jeeban Trishna Asit Sen Uttam Kumar
1957 Chandranath Kartick Chatterjee Uttam Kumar
1957 Musafir (Hindi) Hrishikesh Mukherjee Dilip Kumar
1957 Champakali (Hindi) Nandlal Jaswantlal Bharat Bhushan
1958 Rajlakshmi O Srikanta Haridas Bhattacharya Uttam Kumar
1958 SuryaToran Agradoot Uttam Kumar
1958 Indrani Niren Lahiri Uttam Kumar
1959 Deep Jwele Jaai Asit Sen Basanta Choudhury
1959 Chaaowa Pawoa Jatrik Uttam Kumar
1960 Hospital Sushil Majumdar Ashok Kumar
1960 Smriti Tuku Thaak Jatrik Asitbaran
1960 Bombai Kaa Babu (Hindi) Raj Khosla Dev Anand
1960 Sarhad (Hindi) Shankar Mukherjee Dev Anand
1961 Saptapadi Ajay Kar Uttam Kumar
1961 Saathihara Sukumar Dasgupta Uttam Kumar
1962 Bipasha Agradoot Uttam Kumar
1963 Saat Paake Badha Ajay Kar Soumitra Chatterjee
1963 Uttar Phalguni Asit Sen Bikash Roy, Dilip Mukherjee
1964 Sandhya Deeper Sikha Haridas Bhattacharya Bikash Roy
1966 Mamta (Hindi) Asit Sen Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra
1967 Grihadaha Subodh Mitra Uttam Kumar
1969 Kamallata Harisadhan Dasgupta
1970 Megh Kalo Sushil Mukherjee Basanta Choudhury
1971 Fariyaad Bijoy Bose Utpal Dutta
1971 Nabaraag Bijoy Bose Uttam Kumar
1972 Alo Amaar Alo Pinaki Mukherjee Uttam Kumar
1972 Haar Maana Haar Salil Sen Uttam Kumar
1974 Devi Chaudhurani Dinen Gupta Ranjit Mallick
1974 Srabana Sandhya Chitra Sarathi Samar Roy
1975 Priyo Bandhabi Hiren Nag Uttam Kumar
1975 Aandhi (Hindi) Gulzar Sanjeev Kumar
1976 Datta Ajay Kar Soumitra Chatterjee
1978 Pranoy Pasha Mangal Chakrabarty Soutmitra Chatterjee

Selected Hindi filmography


1. Suchitra Sen : A Legend in Her Lifetime by Shoma A. Chatterji. New Delhi, Rupa & Co., 2002, 80 p., photographs, ISBN 81-7167998-6.[2]


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