November 7, 2013 05:16:16 PM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
Recently the West Bengal Government announced to felicitate five actresses of Bengali origin at the 18 Annual Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). The actresses that would be honorued include Moushumi Chatterjee, Sushmita Sen, Rani Mukerji, Bipasha Basu, Konkona Sen Sharma. Truly these Bong beauties have played a pivotal role in Indian cinema and deserve appreciation. However, the first Bong beauty who made her presence felt in Bollywood seemed to be ignored.
Can readers recollect who this outstanding actress is? Well she is none other but the bewitching beautiful and exceptionally talented Suchitra Sen, who played the lead heroine in Gulzaar's movie AANDHI (1975) and took the nation by storm by her perfect portrayal of ex-Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
Suchita Sen was the numero uno actress of Bengali Cinema in the 50s and 60s. She made the same magical pairing with Bengal legendry actor Uttam Kumar as Raj Kapoor and Nargis did in Bollywood. She was so much in demand in those days that eminent director Satyajit Ray scrapped his movie DEVI CHAUDHURANI, as Suchitra Sen could not allot her dates.
Suchitra Sen's greatness can be gauged from the fact that in her very first Bollywood movie DEVDAS (1955) opposite Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, she proved her potential as an actress par excellence. Filmmaker Bimal Roy decided to cast Suchitra Sen after he failed to find a perfect actress in Bollywood.
She has won many awards and is Bengal's first actress to win international award at the Moscow film festival. She was even bestowed with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005 and has the honour of winning West Bengal government's highest award Banga Bibhushan.
The younger generation may not know her but a close look at Suchitra Sen will remind them of the dhak dhak girl as she has an uncanny resemblance with Madhuri Dixit.