Five best Suchitra Sen movies I like the most
I would like to say in John Keats’ poetic words that Suchitra Sen is the true beauty of Bengal. Why not the beauty of India? It is because the beauty of Bengal has a raw charm (without any makeover) and an aura of sophistication. I developed a tryst with Bengali Cinema (mainly art films) at a much later stage of my life. That is why I have not seen most of the movies starring Suchitra Sen in the lead yet. I have watched three Hindi films from her Bollywood career and a few Bengali movies including Saptapadi, Harano Sur, Kamallata, Sharey Chuattar and Grihadah. This write-up is a piece of reminiscence about my favorite movies from the career of Suchitra Sen, a legendary actress whose elegance and charm are unmatched in the showbiz industry.
Devdas, a Bimal Roy film in 1955, is a classic saga of love adapted from Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s novel by the same name. Suchitra Sen played Parvati, one of the immortal characters in Bengali literature, opposite Dilip Kumar in the title role. Vyjayanthimala immortalized the character of Chandramukhi on the celluloid. Bimal Roy’s Devdas won the National Awards in the Best Feature Film (Hindi) category. It was her debut in Bollywood.
One of the most popular Bollywood movies in Suchitra Sen’s filmography is Aandhi directed by Gulzar and released in 1975. She shared the screen with Sanjeev Kumar in this musical love story cum political drama. Partly based on the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s life, Aandhi was banned during 1975’s Emergency in the country. Tere Bina Zindgi Se Koi from the music album composed by Rahul Dev Burman and written by Gulzar is one of the most romantic Bollywood songs till date.
One of the blockbusters in her Bollywood career, Musafir was a directorial debut by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Written by Ritwik Ghatak, the story of the movie revolves around the lives of three families in a house. Dilip Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Nirupa Roy, Kesto Mukherjee and Suchitra Sen were in the leading cast of Musafir, released in 1957.
Saptapadi is one of my all-time favorite romantic movies. Directed by Ajoy Kar, this Bangla film stars the most romantic onscreen couple – Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. It is a love story from the era of British Raj in India. A favorite of all Bengalis, Saptapadi won the National Awards for the Best Feature Film in Bengali, in 1961.
This Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar starred Bengali romantic film is a common favorite of my mom and mine. Directed by Ajoy Kar in 1957, Harano Sur is one of the finest films from the early golden era of the Bengali entertainment industry. The music in the movie was given by Hemanta Mukherjee.
Suchitra Sen took the last breath this morning. She left behind a legacy of around 65 films for us to remember her sometimes. May her soul rest in peace!