Suchitra Sen’s popular Hindi songs

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Legendary actress Suchitra Sen, known as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema, died of a heart attack at a super-speciality hospital in Kolkata on Frinday. Sen starred in memorable Hindi films like ‘Devdas’, and ‘Aandhi’ and ‘Saat Paake Bandha’, ‘Agnipariksha’, ‘Saptapadi’ and ‘Deep Jwele Jai’ in Bengali.

We remember the actress through her popular Hindi songs:

Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi – Aandhi

Director Gulzar acheived a feat when he managed to convince Suchitra Sen to star in the movie opposite Sanjeev Kumar. The result was Aandhi. The music is remembered till today and so are the performances by the lead pair.

Deewana Mastana Hua Dil Jaane – Bombai Ka Babu

Suchitra Sen was cast opposite Dev Anand in the film which had some memorable songs.

Dekhne Mein Bhola Hai Dil Ka Salouna - Bombai Ka Babu

Suchitra Sen teases Dev Anand in this melodious number.

Rahen Na Rahen Hum – Mamata

A timeless melody featuring Suchitra Sen and Ashok Kumar.

Iss Mod Se Jaate Hain – Aandhi

A song that plays on the music channels even today and Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar

  • Nalliah Thayabharan

    One half of one of Indian cinema’s most popular and
    abiding screen pairs, Suchitra Sen redefined stardom in a way that few
    actors have done, combining understated sensuality, feminine charm and
    emotive force and a no-nonsense gravitas to carve out a persona that has
    never been matched, let alone surpassed in Indian cinema
    Suchitra Sen’s 1953 act in Sharey Chuattor, a film by Nirmal Dey was a
    box-office hit and is remembered for launching Uttam-Suchitra as a
    leading pair. They went on to become the icons for Bengali dramas for
    more than 20 years, becoming almost a genre unto themselves.

    Born
    Rama Dasgupta in the Pabna District of Bangladesh, Suchitra Sen
    received a Best Actress Award for the film Devdas (1955), which was her
    first Hindi movie. Her Bengali melodramas and romances, especially with
    Uttam Kumar, made her the most famous Bengali actress ever. Her films
    ran through the 1960s and ’70s. Suchitra Sen’s international success
    came in 1963, when she won the best actress award at the Moscow
    International Film Festival for the movie Saat Paake Bandha, becoming
    the first Indian actress to receive an international film award. She
    continued to act in films even after her husband died, such as in the
    Hindi film Aandhi (1974). Aandhi was inspired by India’s Prime Minister
    Indira Gandhi. Sen received a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Actress,
    while Sanjeev Kumar, who essayed the role of her husband, won the
    Filmfare as Best Actor.

    One of her best known performances was in
    Deep Jwele Jaai (1959). She played Radha, a hospital nurse employed by a
    progressive psychiatrist, Pahadi Sanyal, who is expected to develop a
    personal relationship with male patients as part of their therapy.
    Sanyal diagnoses the hero, Basanta Choudhury, as having an unresolved
    Oedipal dilemma. He orders Radha to play the role though she is hesitant
    as in a similar case she had fallen in love with the patient. She
    finally agrees and bears up to Choudhury’s violence, impersonates his
    mother, sings his poetic compositions and in the process falls in love
    again. In the end, even as she brings about his cure, she suffers a
    nervous breakdown. The film is noted for its partly-lit close ups of
    Sen, which set the tone of the film.
    Suchitra Sen’s other landmark
    film was Uttar Falguni (1963). She plays the dual role of a courtesan,
    Pannabai, and her daughter Suparna, a lawyer. Critics note that she
    brought a great deal of poise, grace and dignity to the role of a fallen
    woman determined to see her daughter grow up in a good, clean
    environment.

    In 1972,
    Suchitra Sen was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian
    awards in India. In 2012, she was conferred the West Bengal Government’s
    highest honor: Banga Bibhushan. She assiduously avoided the public gaze
    after her retirement and devoted her time to the Ramakrishna Mission.

  • Peeyush

    Watch 3 of her Hindi language films, Devdas, Bombay Ka Babu and Aandhi and you realize she had no parallel. No regular Hindi or Bengali cinema actor could match her. I have not seen any Uttam Suchitra movie where she has not scored in acting over Uttam. How much ever fan of Uttam have I always been. She was an institution of acting.