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Supriya Devi
Born Krishna Banerjee
January 8, 1935 (1935-01-08) (age 75)
Michkina, Myanmar
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955 - present
Spouse(s) Bishwanath Choudhury
Domestic partner(s) Uttam Kumar

Supriya Devi (Bengali: সুপ্রিয়া দেবী), also known as Supriya Choudhury (Bengali: সুপ্রিয়া চৌধুরী) (born 8 January 1935) is an Indian Bengali female actor, acting in Bengali cinemas for more than 50 years.[1]Her real name was Krishna and nickname is Benu.


Early life

Supriya Devi was born in Michkina, Myanmar (then Burma). Her father was noted lawyer Gopal Chandra Banerjee. During World War II, a great number of Indians returned to India after settling in Burma. Supriya's family ended up settling in the southern part of Calcutta.[2]


Her debut in acting happened when, as a seven-year-old, her father made her step in to play two roles in two plays directed by him.[1]Supriya Devi herself was a keen dancer since her childhood even receiving an award from Thakin Nu, the then Prime Minister of Burma, who was moved by one of her dance recitals.

In 1948, the Bannerjees left Burma for good and re-settled in Calcutta. They had been refugees before in 1942 when the Japanese forces occupied Burma. The young Supriya and her family were forced to undertake an arduous trek on foot to the safety of Calcutta.

In Calcutta, she resumed her dance lessons and trained under Guru Muruthappan Pillai and later under Guru Prahlad Das. Supriya and her family were in friendly terms with Chandrabati Devi, a popular character actor, who was their neighbour. It was through the Chandrabati Devi’s inspiration and contacts Supriya Devi stepped into the world of Bengali films and a legend was born.

Personal life

In 1954, Supriya Devi married Bishwanath Choudhury and a few years later her only daughter Soma was born. She retired from films for a while before returning with a bang in the late 1950s.After doing some scintillating works with Uttam Kumar in some films , they fall in an affair. Afterward, they lived for several years. .[3]


  1. The Namesake (2006) .... Ashima's Grandmother
  2. Ekti Nadir Naam (2002)
  3. Shesh Thikana (2000) .... Sriradha's grandmother
  4. Honeymoon (1992)
  5. Kalankini Kankabati (1981)
  6. Debdas (1979) .... Chandramukhi
  7. Dui Purush (1978) .... Bimala
  8. Sandhya Raag (1977)
  9. Sanyasi Raja (1975)
  10. Jadi Jantem (1974) .... Sujata
  11. Bon Palashir Padabali (1973) .... Padma
  12. Chiradiner (1969)
  13. Chowringhee (1968) .... Karabi Guha
  14. Teen Adhaya (1968)
  15. Kal Tumi Aleya (1966) .... Dr. Labanya Sarkar
  16. Shudhu Ekti Bachhar (1966)
  17. Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964) .... Asha
  18. Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964) .... Meera
  19. Lal Patthar (1964)
  20. Begaana (1963)
  21. Surya Sikha (1963)
  22. Uttarayan (1963)
  23. Komal Gandhar (1961) .... Ansuya
  24. Madhya Rater Tara (1961)
  25. Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960) .... Nita
  26. Natun Fasal (1960)
  27. Suno Baranari (1960)
  28. Basu Paribar (1952) .... Sukhen's Sister

The renowned bengali short story writer Balai Chand Mukhopadhyaya whose pseudonym was Banaphool, was married to her elder sister.

External links


  1. ^ a b Shoma (2003-08-01). "50 years of Supriya Devi". Screen Weekly. Indian Express Newspapers (Mumbai) Ltd. Retrieved 2006-12-03.  
  2. ^ "Biography for Supriya Choudhury". Supriya Choudhury. Internet Movie Database Inc.. Retrieved 2006-12-03.  
  3. ^ "Supriya Devi". Supriya Choudhury. Retrieved 2006-12-03.  


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