Kolkata, Apr 6 IBNS | 3 years ago

Veteran actress Suchitra Sen, who for decades now leads a Garboesque life away from public glare after her larger than life screen goddess presence in Bengali cinema, turned 82 years on Saturday.

Suchitra Sen has acted in several Bengali films and in most cases she was paired opposite another legend in Bengali films-Uttam Kumar. The films, thus, became classics in the history of Bengali cinema.

Sen now lives a life of a recluse and deters herself from making any public appearances.

She is the first Bengali actress to be awarded in an international film festival. She got the Best Actress award for 'Saat Paake Bandha' in the 1963 Moscow film festival.

She had allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005, preferring to live in seclusion out of the public eye.

In 2012, Sen was conferred with West Bengal government's highest award Banga Bibhushan.

Sen made her debut in films with 'Shesh Kothaay' in 1952, but it was never released.

The following year saw her act opposite Uttam Kumar in 'Sharey Chuattor', a film by Nirmal Dey, which emerged as a box-office hit and was remembered for launching Uttam-Suchitra as a leading pair.

They went on to become the icons for Bengali screen dramas for more than 20 years, becoming almost a genre to themselves.

She received a Best Actress Award for her first Hindi venture 'Devdas' in 1955.

Her patented Bengali melodramas and romances, especially with Uttam Kumar, made her the most famous Bengali actress ever and her films witnessed successes through the 1950s, 1960s and the early 1970s.

Her performance in Gulzar's 'Aandhi' (1974) earned her wide acclaim, where she played a politician, while the film was inspired by former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Some of her famous films in both Hindi and Bengali are 'Deep Jweley Jai' (1959), 'Uttar Falguni', 'Musafir' (Hindi), 'Saptapadi', 'Saat Paake Badha', 'Dhuli', 'Shapmochan', 'Devi Chaudhurani' and 'Datta'.

(Posted on 06-04-2013)