Sumita Sanyal passes away at 71; veteran actor was known for her role in Anand

FP Staff

Jul,09 2017 15:50 44 IST

Veteran Bengali and Hindi cinema actor Sumita Sanyal passed away at the age of 71. The actress breathed her last at her Kolkata residence at Deshapriyo Park.

Sumita Sanyal and Amitabh Bachchan in a still from Anand. Image from Twitter.

Sumita Sanyal and Amitabh Bachchan in a still from Anand. Image from Twitter.

Sanyal had done a considerable amount of work in the Bengali film industry and was highly lauded for the same. She made her debut in a Bengali film called Khokhababur Pratyabartan in 1960. Sanyal had acted in over 40 Bengali films including Sagina Mahato opposite famous Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar in 1961 and had the titular role in the movie Kuheli alongside Sandhya Roy and  Biswajit.

However, she is best known for her role in Bollywood blockbuster Anand in 1970 opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. She is also remembered dearly for her performances in Hindi movies like Guddi, Aashirwad and Mere Apne.

Sanyal had also acted in a number of Hindi films and television serials along with performing professionally on stage and in a theater group associated with the notable Ranga Sabha.

She was originally known as Manjula Sanyal and was born in the town of Darjeeling in the Bengal Presidency during the era of the British India. Sanyal was married to the well known film editor Subodh Roy.

Many noteworthy personalities have expressed their grief over Sanyal's death and offered condolences to her family. Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal offered her condolences to the actress' family via Twitter.

Saddened at the passing of veteran actress Sumita Sanyal. My condolences to her family, friends and fans

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 9, 2017

Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee also tweeted that he was saddened to hear about Sanyal's death.

Saddened to hear about the demise of the veteran actress Sumita Sanyal
May her soul rest in peace

— Prosenjit Chatterjee (@prosenjitbumba) July 9, 2017

With inputs from agencies

Published Date: Jul 09, 2017 15:50 PM | Updated Date: Jul 09, 2017 15:52 PM