In the space of a few seconds a range of a dozen emotions
could flicker across a silent close-up of Suchitra Sen's face.
She was one of the great silently emotive actresses of cinema
history. One Indian film critic said of her. "She is the face
that launched umpteen hits. She was a rage, the kind that
only Marilyn Monroe succeeded to be in Hollywood." The same
comments on her popular impact. "A generation of girls
grew up copying her mannerisms - from her hairstyle to the
way she walked and talked. "
Suchitra Sen was Bengal cinemas most famous actress. She
made only about a dozen Hindi Bollywood films the first being
Bimpal Roy's, " Devdas "(1955) in which she immortalized
the character of Parvati or 'Paro'. For that role Suchitra
Sen won the Filmfare Best Actress award.
Her name is forever tied to that of fellow
actor, Uttam Kumar with whom she acted in films for over 20
years. They were a hugely successful pairing in romantic melodramas
and have been again compared to Hollywood cinema as the Tracy
and Hepburn of Bengali cinema.
One final Hollywood reference has been pinned to Suchitra
Sen as she has been called the 'Garbo' of Indian film. She
has gone into a sort of seclusion since her retirement in
1978. She is a devotee of the Ramakrishna Mission and spends
the majority of her energy in meditation and prayer.
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Bengali filmography of Sen films
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