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Greta Garbo of Bengali Cinema is No More

Legendary actress Suchitra Sen who was known as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema is no more. She breathed her last at a private nursing home in Kolkata this morning. She suffered a massive heart attack last night at a super-speciality hospital in Kolkata on Friday.

The 83 year old Suchitra Sen was admitted to the nursing home on 23rd of last month following complaints of respiratory tract infection. Suchitra began her career with the Bengali film “Shesh Kothai” in 1952.

Sen, who has been living the life of a recluse in a south Kolkata apartment, has starred in memorable Hindi films like ‘Devdas’, and ‘Aandhi’ and ‘Saat Paake Bandha’, ‘Agnipariksha’, ‘Saptapadi’ and ‘Deep Jwele Jai’ in Bengali.

The screen goddess of yesteryears, who had been living a life of a recluse, was often compared to Hollywood actress Greta Garbo.

Suchitra Sen was the first Bengali actress to be awarded at an international film festival (Best Actress award for Saat Paake Bandha in the 1963 Moscow film festival).

She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972 by Government of India.

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

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

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has condoled the demise of noted actress Suchitra Sen today. In a message, he hailed Sen as a graceful actor who carved a special niche in the hearts of milions of Indians through her cinematic presence.


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