|Real name||Roma Dasgupta Scroll|
|Nick Name||Krishna Scroll|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 161 cm
in meters- 1.61 m
in feet & inches- 5' 3"
|Debut||Film (Bengali): Shesh Kothaay in 1952
Film (Hindi): Devdas in 1955
|Last Film||Pranay Pasha in 1978
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||Won
1962: Best actress award for Saptapadi.
1964: Best actress award for Uttar Phalguni.
1973: Best actress award for Alo Amaar Alo.
1976: Best actress award for Aandhi.
1975: Best actress award for Priya Bandhabi.
2014: Posthumously awarded for East Lifetime Achievement Award.
1967: Best actress award for Mamta.
1976: Best actress award for Aandhi.
1963: Best actress award for Saat Pakey Bandha at the Moscow film festival.
1972: Awarded with Padma Shri for her works in arts.
2012: She was given the Government's highest honour of West Bangal, Banga Bibhushan.
|Date of Birth||April 6, 1931(Monday)
|Birthplace||Bhanga Bari village of Belkuchi Upazila, Pabna, Bengal Presidency, British India|
|Date of Death||January 17, 2014|
|Place of Death||Belle Vue Clinic, Kolkata|
|Age (at the time of death)||82 Years|
|Death Cause||Cardiac arrestThe Times Of India|
|School||Pabna Government Girls High School|
|Religion||Hinduism The Daily Star|
|Address||Bungalow- Vedanta, at 52/4/1, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata 700019.|
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Affairs||Uttam Kumar (Bengali actor) in 1950s
|Marriage Date||Year, 1947|
|Husband/Spouse||Dibanath Sen (marine engineer)
|Children||Daughter- Moon Moon Sen
|Parents||Father- Korunamoy Dasgupta (health inspector with the Pabna municipality, retired from service in 1951)
Mother- Indira Devi (a homemaker)
Suchitra Sen with mother Indira Devi and daughter Moon Moon Sen
1)- Nimai Dasgupta
2)- Gautam Dasgupta
1)- Uma Dasgupta
2)- Runa Dasgupta
3)- Hena Dasgupta
4)- Leena Dasgupta
|Novel||Of all the Tagore novels|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Suchitra Sen
- Suchitra Sen was a veteran Indian actress, who worked in Hindi and Bengali films. She became the first Indian actress to win the Moscow International Film Festival award for the movie Saat Pakey Bandha IN 1963.
- Suchitra Sen was married at a very young of 15.
- Assistant Director Nitish Roy changed her name from Roma Dasgupta to Suchitra Sen as he felt that Roma Sen was very small and uninteresting for a movie star.
- Suchitra is perhaps the first Indian actress in Bengal to have made her film debut after marriage and motherhood.
- Her husband Dibanath Sen was the son of a very famous industrialist, Adinath Sen.
- Her daughter Moon Moon Sen and granddaughters Raima and Riya Sen, are very famous actresses in the Hindi and Bengali film industries.
- She shared a very good on-screen chemistry with Uttam Kumar and out of 60 films of her career, she was paired with Uttam Kumar in 30 films.
- Suchitra had also recorded a song in her own voice.
- Sanjeev Kapoor was very close to him. Whenever he visited Kolkata, he would always go to meet Suchitra.
- Suchitra once shared an incident that showed, she didn’t like Raj Kapoor much. She said,
He came to my residence offering a lead role and, as I took my seat, he suddenly sat near my foot and offered me a bouquet of roses while offering the role. I rejected the offer. I did not like his personality. The way he behaved – sitting near my foot -did not befit a man.”
- Suchitra Sen was known as a person who likes to work in her own way. Once, Suchitra Sen was shooting a film under the direction of Haridas Bhattacharya. Suchitra Sen wanted to enact a scene in her own way, but Haridas Bhattacharya didn’t agree on this. After having a heated argument with him, she walked off the set. Later, when the director agreed, she started the shooting again.
- In 2005, she withdrew her hands from accepting Dada Saheb Phalke Award, to remain unnoticed by the media.
- She expressed her desire to act in the role of Damini in Rabindranath Tagore’s Chaturanga, but it never happened.
- Director Parmendra Mitra was planning to cast Suchitra Sen in his upcoming movie, but the producer Hemen Ganguly suddenly committed suicide and the film was never made.
- Reportedly, her great success in Indian cinema created differences in her married life.
- While shooting for the movie Sat Pakey Bandha, she experienced that whatever was written in the script was actually happening in her real life. She shared that during the shooting, she daily had an argument with her husband.
One morning I tore apart my husband’s shirt at home. During the shoot in the afternoon, I had a similar scene of the quarrel. I told the director I wanted to tear apart Soumitra Chatterjee’s shirt and he agreed.”
- Suchitra Sen’s last Bollywood film Aandhi was banned in India just after the release. Many believed that Suchitra Sen was playing the role of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. There were rumours that PM had asked Prime Minister Office (PMO) officials to watch out the movie in order to take the decision of lifting the ban imposed on it. The movie was released in 1977 when the Janta party came into rule, and Gulzaar Sahab deleted the drinking and smoking scenes of Suchitra Sen from the movie.
- She took retirement from Indian Cinema in 1978 and never visited Tollygune studios again.
- After her retirement, she avoided public places and devoted most of her time to Ramakrishna Mission.
- She used to spend her leisure time watching the twilight sky in the evening, and in the morning she would watch the sky, trees, and flowers in the garden.
- After retirement, she used to spend most of her time at home to remain out from the eyes of the public. In an interview, she said,
I’m so reclusive I didn’t even attend the marriage of the daughter of my younger sister, Runa. If I’m to travel anywhere, I like hills. But I hardly moved out of home since retiring. People would disturb me everywhere.”
- When Moon Moon Sen was asked that why Suchitra Sen distanced herself from the limelight, she replied,
One reason why she quit acting in the 1970s was the mediocrity that overtook Bengali cinema. Many of the directors she knew well and felt comfortable working with passed away. The scripts offered to her were awful. Uttam Kumar passed away and she’d say, ‘Whom am I going to work with?”
- On her death, Mamta Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal passed orders to give a gun salute before her cremation.
- Her last wish was to play the role of Ma Sarada that remained unfulfilled.