Suchitra Sen: This name is the most popular in the bengali film industry as well as among bengali around the whole world. Suchitra Sen earlier known as Rama Dasgupta, is an Indian actress born on 6 April 1931 in Pabna Dist. in Bangladesh. Her faher and mother were Karunamoy Dasgupta and Indira Devi. In 1947, she married to Dibanath Sen, son of a wealthy bengali industrialist, Adinath Sen. She had one daughter Moon Moon Sen, who is also an actress.
After marriage she started her career in 1952. Her debut film was Sesh Kothaay but it was never released. She acted one more film in the same year, opposite Uttam Kumar in Sharey Chuattar, which was a box-office hit. This made them a leading pair and become an icon in the film industry. She acted many bengali films with different directors like Nirmal Dey, Asit Sen etc. Her films were appreciated more when she paired opposite another legend of bangla film Uttam Kumar and their film becomes classics in the history of bengali cinema.
She also acted in hindi film, and her first film was Devdas in 1955, in which she received a Best Actress Award. She also won the best actress award in Moscow film festival for the movie Saat Paake Bandha in 1963. She is the first female actress to receive an International film award. By the government of India in 1972, she was awarded Padma Shri but in 2005 she refused the dadashahab Phalke award as she didn’t want to appear in front of public. In 2012, West Bengal government highest award Banga Bhibhushan was awarded to Suchitra Sen.
In 1978, she retired from her career and devoted her time to the Ramakrishna Mission. After retiring from silver screen she slowly stopped appearing infront of public.