Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:30:00 GMT | By IANS, PTI

Suchitra Sen passes away

Actress Suchitra Sen died in a Kolkata hospital on Friday. She was 82.


Suchitra Sen (© Movietalkies)

Kolkata: Reclusive Bengali screen goddess Suchitra Sen, who had bewitched generations of filmbuffs with her grace and beauty, died at a Kolkata nursing home on Friday following a massive cardiac arrest, attending doctor Subir Mondal said.

The 82-year old actress, under treatment at the Belle Vue Clnic for the last 26 days following serious respiratory problems, breathed her last at 8.25 a.m., Mondal told us.

A widow, Suchitra left behind her daughter Moon Moon and grand daughters Riya and Raima - all three having taken up acting as a career.

Beginning her career with the Bengali film 'Shesh Kothai' in 1952, Suchitra Sen went on to receive a National Award for her performance in the 1955 Hindi film 'Devdas'.

She was also the first Indian actress to be awarded at an international film festival. She won the best actress award for 'Saat Paake Bandha' at the Moscow film festival in 1963.

Sen, who ruled Bengali cinema for decades, has been a recluse ever since she quit acting over three decades ago. She even allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005 preferring not to make a public appearance.

Known for her 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 was dubbed the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema.

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