Suchitra Sen (April 6, 1931 – January 17, 2014) was an Indian actress originally from Bengali cinema. His real name was Rama Dasgupta. He gained fame by acting in Bengali as well as Hindi films. She gained special popularity in Bengali cinema by playing the lead role opposite Uttam Kumar.
Suchitra Sen won the “Silver Prize for Best Actress” at the Moscow Film Festival in 1963 for her performance in the film “Seven Pack”. She was the first Indian actress to be awarded at this International Film Festival. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 1972. It is learned that in 2005 he was offered the award to Dadasaheb Phalke, But Suchitra Sen did not accept the award as she did not want to appear in public. In 2012, he was awarded the Bangabibhushan, the highest honor of the West Bengal government.
Due to the poetry of Jibanananda Das, it has become the mansi of our minds, but it is only in the imagination, he is the savagery of Natore. But like this ancient heroine of Bengali poetry, Suchitra Sen is a symbol of romance to the viewers of Bengali films. And I didn’t talk about the extraordinary skill of acting. Because as soon as the name Suchitra Sen is uttered, the image of a strong and confident romantic heroine with an attractive personality floats on the canvas of everyone’s mind like me, in everyone’s eyes. Suchitra Sen did well by hiding herself.
He did not grow old in front of the eyes of the dreamer. The one who hid herself, and settled down at an age, survived for many days, but remained in the public mind as a romantic heroine, just like in the picture. Jayatu O Mahadevi, the great heroine. It is not irrelevant to mention that we also formed the Suchitra Sen Film Parliament at our Vasantech Government College last year due to our love for Suchitra Sen. We also saw her movie ‘Saptapadi’ and wore a printed T-shirt of Suchitra Sen that day.
Suchitra Sen’s ancestral home was on 6 April 1931 in the village of Sen Bhangabari under the Belkuchi police station in the Sirajganj district of the present-day state of Bangladesh under the Bengali Presidency of British India. Suchitra Sen was born in Pabna. His father Karunamay Dasgupta was the headmaster of the school and his mother Indira Devi was a housewife. She was the fifth child and third daughter of the family.
He studied in Pabna. She was the granddaughter of poet Rajinikanth Sen. Suchitra Sen was married in 1947 to Divanath Sen, the son of industrialist Adinath Sen. Their only daughter Munmun Sen is also an actress.
For decades, one generation has known a beautiful, acting heroine with a strong personality. Suchitra Sen is his name. Suchitra is unique here. It started when Rama Sen started shaking the screen as Suchitra Sen. Since then, the fifties, sixties and seventies of the last century have been the world of Bengali cinema. And inevitably better. Suchitra-Uttam pair changed the lifestyle of Bengali middle class.
The old lover-lover or the newly-married couple kept this celluloid hero-heroine hidden deep in their chests. The elders also brought back the golden past to the depths of their hearts with the touch of this pair’s performance. Bengali film has never seen such a touching pair.
Suchitra Sen made her film debut in 1953. The Uttam-Suchitra duo started in the same year. They acted in some more films. However, when Suchitra-Uttam’s Agnipriksha was released on September 3, 1954, the two of them went north only after getting full marks in the film. Bibhuti Laha, better known as Agradut, is also making the first superhit film of Uttam-Suchitra duo.
The next story is history. Suchitra-Uttam, who stood as a romantic couple, went ahead with the redemption, above all, Sagarika, the artist, the lost tune, the path is late, the path of Saptapadi. Apart from Uttam, I lit the lamp with Basant Chowdhury, tied the knot with Ashok Kumar in the hospital or with Soumitra, and Suchitra explained that she knows the charisma of acting, only Uttam-Suchitra chemistry which is not the end.
And even after acting with Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar in the Hindi world, he made it clear that he is not a stranger in the film world. He has come to survive. When Suchitra Sen captivated the audience with her Bhubanmohini smile on the screen, the audience felt as if this woman was not of the dusty world. This is like an elusive dream coming from the world outside the grasp.
The characters he has a reputation for acting in are also a little different from the average character. Maybe a little unrealistic. For example, the young Sagarika from the movie ‘Sagarika’. In the fifties a rich woman, moreover a medical college student, lived alone in a huge house. He has a strong personality. At the same time, he is ready to give up everything for love again.
Suchitra Sen became the ‘lost tune’ movie. Rama. Who took Uttam Kumar, a dementia patient, from Kolkata to the remote hilly area of Palashpur. She married him for treatment there. Rina Brown, the Anglo-Indian daughter of Saptapadi, is a nurse at the Medical Corps in Assam during World War II. Or Bipasha, the son of Punjabi and Bengali parents in the film ‘Bipasha’, who lives alone and travels to different parts of India alone to find her boyfriend.
Or Brahmanakanya Idrani that means almost no discipline in the society. No matter how unrealistic or impossible these characters may seem in the social realities of Bengali society in the fifties and sixties, when Suchitra Sen appeared on screen as that character, the audience had no hesitation in accepting her. Because Suchitra Sen means a mysterious elusive woman outside of conventional life. She is Mayavan Biharini and Swapancharini.
He has also got great fame in literary films. He has acted in various films based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novels including ‘Rajalakshmi and Srikanth’, ‘Chandranath’, ‘Kamallata’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Datta’, ‘Pather Dabi’. In the role of Rajalakshmi, one cannot think of anyone but her, just as one cannot think of anyone else in the role of Vijaya. ‘Harano Sur’, ‘Shapmochan’, ‘Bipasha’, ‘Indrani’,
‘Shilpi’, ‘Sagarika’, ‘Pathe Holo Deri’, ‘Rajalakshmi O Srikant’, ‘Kamalalata’, ‘Grihadah’, ‘Dear Girlfriend’, She became the protagonist of Bengali films by starring in a number of successful and artistic films including ‘Datta’, ‘Pather Dabi’, ‘Sabar Upar’, ‘Saptapadi’, ‘Deep Jbale Jai’, ‘Uttar Falguni’, ‘Satpake Bandha’.
Her personality and beauty in the movie fascinates the audience. He has acted opposite many famous heroes including Soumitra Chatterjee, Ashok Kumar, Basant Chowdhury, Dilip Kumar. But unlike Uttam Kumar, her pairing is the most popular and Uttam-Suchitra pairing has become the best romantic pairing ever. But Suchitra Sen wanted to prove herself without Uttam.
He wanted to see if he would succeed without Uttam Kumar. Uttam Kumar is the protagonist of most of the movies he acted in in the fifties. Other than Uttam, his other films were not very successful. However, in the Hindi language film ‘Devdas’, she had success by playing the role of Parvati opposite Dilip Kumar. The Hindi-speaking audience welcomed the Bengali Paru. But he was also the moon-faced Vaijayanti Mala in the movie. If there is no success in Bengal without good? But he believed the audience would accept him in addition to the good.
To prove this, he acted in the movie ‘Deep Jwale Jai’ in 1959. Here she is Radha, the nurse of the hospital. She is a nurse in the mental ward. The whole story is basically heroine-centric. There was no other actress in Bengal at that time except Suchitra to make the hero Debashish (Basant Chowdhury) healthy, her love and finally her own mental breakdown. Then in 1963, ‘Sat Pake Bandha’.
However, he has acted opposite Uttam Kumar in ‘Chawa Pawa’, ‘Bipasha’, ‘Saptapadi’. All three are hit movies. However, he played a unique role in the worship character of ‘Satpake Bandha’. Archana is a girl from a rich family who loves her poor lover-husband as much as she can’t ignore her own parents. Suchitra made worship on the screen successful in the conflict between love and family. She won the Best Actress award at the Moscow Film Festival in 1963 for her film ‘Satpake Bandha’. She was the first Indian actress to receive this award. That year was the year of his success.
His play ‘Uttar Falguni’ was released in 1963. In this movie, he seems to have surpassed himself. Here he was in multiple characters. His acting was unique. Devyani, Panna Bai and Suparna. Three characters, three women’s lives. Suchitra proved that she is not only a beautiful and good actress, she is a great heroine. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1966 for the Hindi film Mamata.
The story ‘Mamta’ is a Hindi remake of the Bengali ‘Uttar Falguni’. Suchitra Sen was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972. His 1974 Hindi film Andhi was widely acclaimed. She was nominated for a Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in the film. In contrast, Sanjeev Kumar won the Best Actor award for his performance. In ‘Andhi’, she played the role of a political leader named Aarti Devi who is at the same time personable, strong, tough, loving and gentle. It is said that Aarti Devi was created in the shadow of Indira Gandhi.
Apart from Suchitra, it is doubtful whether any other actress in India could have portrayed the character of Aarti Devi so successfully. ‘Datta’ opposite Soumitra Chatterjee, ‘Hospital’ opposite Ashok Kumar are his famous movies. Satyajit Ray wanted to cast her as Devi Chowdhurani. But the schedule did not match with Suchitra. That is why Devi Chowdhurani was not built by Satyajit Ray.
Later, however, another director made Devi Chowdhurani and Suchitra played the lead role. He has acted opposite many heroes and got fame. But unlike Uttam Kumar, he was the most successful. Even today, Uttam-Suchitra is the best romantic couple in Bengali cinema.
The audience’s curiosity about Suchitra Sen’s personal life was immense. But even at the height of her fame, Suchitra Sen carefully hid her personal life from the public eye. He was never vocal in the media. He was also trying to ensure that there was no scandal surrounding him. As soon as the shooting was over, ‘Mrs. Sen’ seemed to go into her own mysterious world.
In his personal life he was very whimsical. Her married life with Divanath Sen was not very happy. They lived in isolation. Even after the death of Divanath Sen, Suchitra did not reveal anything about their marital life in the media. Their only child Moonmoon Sen and grandchildren Riya and Raima Sen are also film actresses.
Suchitra continued to act even after she was dragged into the world, but gradually she went into hiding. He last acted in the movie ‘Pranoy Pasha’ in 1978. Since 1978, Suchitra Sen has been living in solitude, leaving the film industry and devoting herself to the service of the Ramakrishna Mission. He maintained the privacy of his private life until his death.
He first came out of hiding after the death of the great hero Uttam Kumar. He sat next to her body till midnight. Suchitra last appeared in public in 1989, after the death of her guru Bharat Maharaj. Although Suchitra was nominated for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005, she refused to go out to Delhi to receive the award from the President of India. He was in hiding for 35 years.
Suchitra is keeping strict secrecy about her family and private life. Not only her, her daughter Munmun Sen, the current heroine, her two granddaughters Riya and Raima Sen have never opened their mouths. None of the private doctors, hospital nurses, newspaper journalists ever went to great lengths to stay behind him. He spent most of his time in voluntary exile in the service of the Ramakrishna Mission.
Suchitra Sen then came to the center to take pictures while making the government’s identity card. But he also did that job very secretly. His room at Bellevue Hospital was also under strict secrecy until his death. He went away forever from the world of mystery that he had built around himself in three decades of voluntary exile. In 2012, Suchitra Sen was awarded the state’s highest honor, the Banga Vibhushan, by the Government of West Bengal, India.
Suchitra Sen not only achieved exclusive success in Bengali films with her extraordinary acting style and fluent acting, but also gained a strong foothold in Bollywood. She was the heroine and acted as the heroine. He was never seen in the side-character. Her youthful image is immortal in the memory of the audience.
Notable films starring Suchitra Sen include
Agni Pariksha (1954), Griha Pravesh (1954), Dhuli (1954), Maran Par (1954), Devdas (1955-Hindi), Shapmochan (1955),Sobar Upore (1955), Majo Bou (1955), Valbasa (1955), Sagarika (1956),Triyama (1956), Shilpi (1956), Ek Raat (1956), Harano Sur (1957),Pathe Hall Deri (1957), Jeevan Trishna (1957), Chandranath (1957), Musafir (1957-Hindi),Rajalakshmi and Srikanth (1958), Indrani (1958), Dwip Jbale Jai (1958), Chava Pava (1959), Hospital (1960), Bombay Ka Babu (1960- Hindi),
Saptapadi (1961),Sat Pake Bandha (1963), Uttar Falguni (1963), Mamata (1966), Grihadah (1967), Kamalalta (1969), Megh Kalo (1970), Fariyad (1971), Alo Amar Alo (1972), Har Mana Har (1972), Devi Chowdhurani (1974), Shravan Sandhya (1974), Dear Girlfriend ( 1975), Andhi (1975- Hindi), Datta (1976) and the latest Pranayapasha (1978).
Suchitra was born in Pabna
Suchitra’s birthplace in Pabna has finally come under government control. Now it’s time to become a memorial museum. All kinds of legal complications have come to an end with the house of legendary film actress Suchitra Sen in Pabna. Local cultural figures are rapidly evicting the occupiers and demanding the creation of a Suchitra Sen Memorial Museum or Film Institute there.
Suchitra Sen’s childhood and adolescence memories are intertwined in this house. Rama Sen, full name Rama Das Gupta. His classmates knew him as Krishna. Suchitra Sen, Krishna, was born in this house on April 6, 1931. He spent his childhood and adolescence in this house in Pabna. As a child, he used to keep his friends intoxicated by mischievousness and singing songs. He was known by his girlfriends to be able to sing well.
Suchitra Sen spent her childhood and adolescence with her parents, one brother and three sisters in this house in Hemsagar Lane, Gopalpur Mahalla, Pabna. While studying in the ninth class of Pabna Girls’ High School, his family migrated to Upper Bengal on 15 August 1947 due to political unrest in East Pakistan. His father Karunamay Dasgupta was a sanitary inspector of Pabna municipality. Due to the political unrest in East Pakistan in 1947, his father and his family moved to India.
At that time, the district administration requisitioned the house for the accommodation of senior government officials. In 1987, the then Deputy Commissioner Saidur Rahman leased their house on an annual contract basis. Later, Maulana Abdus Subhan tried to take possession of the house by establishing the Imam Ghazzali Trust by converting it into vested property. On June 18, 1991, the Imam Ghazzali Trust applied for a permanent settlement of the house.
In August of that year, the land ministry again gave them an annual lease without a permanent settlement. The lease was canceled on 22 February 1995 due to non-payment of the lease. But the Jamaat leaders renewed the lease on 15 August 1995 subject to payment of arrears. Authorities later canceled their lease when Pabna residents moved to rescue the house. The birthplace in memory of the great heroine, the house is expected to turn into a museum soon
Suchitra Sen died of a heart attack at Bell View Hospital in Kolkata on January 17, 2014 at 8:25 am Indian time. He was hospitalized three weeks ago for a lung infection. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a song salute at her funeral. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi sent condolences on the death of Suchitra Sen.