A legacy breathes its last: Actress Suchitra Sen no more!

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Kolkata, Jan 17: Veteran Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, mother of Moon Moon Sen, breathed her last in the wee hours in a Kolkata hospital. She was facing respiratory problems and died at the age of 82.

Known for her films Aandhi and Devdas, the actress revered for her acting and was considered the top actress in her era. Her works with actor Uttam Kumar is known worldwide. She was also awarded the Padma Shree by the Indian government for her immense contribution in the Bengali film industry.

Born in the year 1931 in the Pabna district of Bangladesh, she was named Roma Dasgupta. Married to a wealthy Bengali industrialist's son Debnath Sen, she had a daughter, Moon Moon Sen who also became an actress. Moon Moon's daughters and her grand-daughters Riya and Rima are also actresses.

She debuted with the film 'Shesh Kothai' in 1952, which was unreleased, but her journey upwards began from there. Then came her first film with Uttam Kumar "Sharey Chuattor". She received the Best Actress Award for the film "Devdas" (1955), which was her first Hindi movie.

She retired from the screen in 1978 and thereafter retired from public life. Suchitra Sen was a strong contender for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005, but the only condition was that she received it personally. Her refusal to do so deprived her of the award.

The film industry is shocked with the news. We would miss her presence, although she never appeared before anyone," said Rituparna Sengupta, a Bengali film actress. Her fans are shocked too, but await to have a last look at their superstar, despite speculations that it may not be a normal procession as she chose to lead a life of seclusion throughout.

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