The third death anniversary of legendary Indian film actress Suchitra Sen was observed on Tuesday amid festivities in Pabna, the ancestral home town of the actress . Different social and cultural organisations observe d the occasion through holding memorial meetings, discussion session and and screening of films by Suchitra Sen.
Suchitra Sen Chalachitra Shangshad organised a discussion and a film festival was held at the Pabna Press Club auditorium. Meanwhile, Suchitra Sen Smrity Shangrakhhan Parishad organised a discussion and cultural programme at the Pabna Town Girls’ High School, where the actress studied in her early life.
President of Suchitra Sen Chalachitra Shangshad, Zakir Hossain chaired the discussion, while among others, journalist Habibur Rahman Shopon, educationalist Akter Zaman, poet Golam Rabbani and Rezaul Karim Moni spoke on the occasion.
Suchitra Sen, one of the biggest cultural icons for Bangalees, died of a old age ailment at a Kolkata nursing home at the age of 82, having been loved by people for three decades for her ethereal beauty and intense celluloid performance. She was born on April 6, 1931 at her grandfather’s home at Bhangabari of Belkuchi upazila of the then greater Pabna, but her first home was her father Karunamoy Dasgupta’s house in Gopalpur, Pabna.
Born as Roma Dasgupta, she adopted Suchitra Sen in film life. Sen had made a successful entry into Bengali films in 1952, and then a less successful transition into the Hindi movie industry. According to persistent but unconfirmed reports in the Bengali press, her marriage was strained by her success in the film industry.
Ms Sen is a Grand Daughter of Famous Poet Sree Rajonikant Sen. She received her formal education in Pabna. During 1947 partition she along with her family migrated to West Bengal. where she married Dibanath Sen, son of wealthy industrialist Adinath Sen, in 1947. Her daughter, Moon Moon Sen, is a former actress. Her father-in-law, Adinath Sen, was supportive of her acting career in films after her marriage. Her industrialist husband invested a lot in her career initially and supported her in all possible ways.
As an Indian film actress , she worked in Bengali and Hindi cinema. The movies in which she was paired opposite Uttam Kumar became classics in the history of Bengali cinema.
Suchitra was the first Indian actress to receive an award at an international film festival when, at the 1963 Moscow International Film Festival, she won the Silver Prize for Best Actress for playing a disillusioned alcoholic in Saptapadi. In 1972, she was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India. From 1979 on, she retreated from public life and shunned all forms of public contact; for this she is often compared to Greta Garbo In 2005, she refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest cinematic award in India, to stay out of the public eye.[In 2012, she was conferred the West Bengal Government’s highest honour: Banga Bibhushan.