Watch: Five iconic Suchitra Sen scenes from her best movies
Suchitra Sen passed away in the morning due to a heart attack. But the actress will be remembered for her performances in some of the finest films of Bengali cinema.
Known for power-packed performances in highly acclaimed Bengali films such as 'Deep Jwele Jaai' and 'Uttar Falguni' as well as Hindi movies 'Devdas', 'Bombai Ka Babu', 'Mamta' and 'Aandhi', she has been dubbed as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema.
She won the best actress award for 'Saat Paake Bandha' at the Moscow Film Festival in 1963.
Deep Jweley Jai
In this 1959 movie, Suchitra Sen played a nurse in a psychiatric hospital. Her character is a nurse who must provide emotional support to traumatised patients, however, she is not allowed to develop any real attachment to her patients. At the end, Suchitra's character is unable to handle the pressures of this job, and ends up as a patient in the same ward where she once worked.
Aandhi was a political drama which released in 1975. Directed by Gulzar, the movie saw Suchitra Sen play a politician's daughter who falls in love with and marries JK (played by Sanjeev Kumar). However, the couple eventually separates and years later, Sen's character is an established politician. Despite feeling closeness to her ex-husband, Sen's character is unable to express her emotions.
Chawa Pawa, released in 1959, is a comedy drama film where Sen plays Manju, the only daughter of a newspaper tycoon in Calcutta. Manju is a headstrong girl who defies her father to run away with a reporter Rajat. Rajat and Manju decide to claim the bounty that her rich father has put on her head and they have increasingly absurd adventures, after which they find themselves falling in love. The movie might ring some bells - the plot is an almost exact copy of that of Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, which released in 1934.
In the original Devdas, Sen played Paro - a role which was her Bollywood debut. Suchitra paired up with Dilip Kumar (Devdas) for the film. The film is still considered a classic, and was ranked by Indiatimes Movies as among the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.
Harano Sur was a Bengali romantic drama made in 1957. Sen played Roma, a doctor who rescues an amnesiac - played by Uttam Kumar - and falls in love with him. They marry, but a second incident makes him recall his original life as a rich businessman in Calcutta, and he forgets the new memories he forged with Roma. Roma then becomes a governess for his children, hoping that she will be able to jog his memory.
Updated Date: Jan 17, 2014 10:21:15 IST