A tribute to Indian Actress and screen goddess of Bengali cinema Suchitra Sen – Rare Photos. She was the screen goddess of Bengali cinema though the rest of India remembers her Bollywood roles opposite actors like Dilip Kumar (Devdas), Dev Anand (Bombai ka Babu) and Sanjeev Kumar (Aandhi).
Suchitra Sen was born in Pabna, in the present-day Pabna District of Bangladesh, on 6 April 1931. Her father Late Karunamoy Dasgupta was the headmaster of the local school, and her mother Indira Devi was a homemaker. She was their fifth child and third daughter. She received her formal education in Pabna.
Suchitra Sen married Dibanath Sen, son of wealthy Bengali industrialist Adinath Sen, in 1947 and had one daughter, Moon Moon Sen, who is a former actress. Her father-in-law Adinath Sen was supportive of her acting in films after her marriage.Her industrialist husband initially invested a lot in her career and gave her all possible support.
Suchitra Sen made a successful entry into Bengali films in 1952, and then a less successful transition to the Bollywood film industry. According to persistent but unconfirmed reports in the Bengali press, her marriage was strained by her success in the film industry.
Mrs Sen (I would like to refer her as that) was born in a middle-class family in Pabna, now in Bangladesh. She came to India in 1947 as a refugee. Eventually, she got married to Mr Dibanath Sen, who was from an aristocratic family of Kolkata’s residential enclave for the rich and famous then, Ballygunge Place.
Her surname before marriage was Dasgupta. She was Rama Dasgupta. The name Suchitra Sen was given by Assistant Director Nitish Roy since Rama Sen was very small and uninteresting for a movie star. Many then felt that her role as Bishnupriya in the film Bhagaban Srikrishna Chaitanya in the same year was the turning point of her career and the beginning of a magical celluloid journey.