15 Evergreen Suchitra Sen Movies [You Should Watch]
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Legendary actress Suchitra Sen passed away on January 17, 2014. Her mysterious nature, which had vanished from public view in 1978, and her self-imposed isolation for 36 years only served to heighten the mythology around her legacy.
The undeniable king of Bengali cinema exercised such firm control over the business that she even turned down industry heavyweights like Satyajit Ray and Raj Kapoor.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, Bengali cinema witnessed the rise of a celluloid figure who, in a true sense, altered how people would talk about Bengali movies in the future. If you had to put a face to the sentiment, Uttam Kumar and his touching adventures probably fit the bill. Following is a list of 15 Bengali films featuring Suchitra Sen.
1. Agni Pariksha (1954)
The legendary Uttam Kumar-Suchitra Sen duo in Bengali film history is where romance in the truest meaning of the word begins. The actors had already appeared together onscreen in the 1953 film Sharey Chuattar, and this superb depiction of Agni Pariksha in 1954 cemented their standing as deities in Bengal. Agni Pariksha is the story of Tapasi (Suchitra Sen), an artist who was married young to a deplorable town zamindar’s child Bulu, and the lovely relationship between her and Kiriti. Agradoot is a group of film professionals that produced most of Uttam Kumar’s hits (Uttam Kumar).
2. Sharey Chuattar (1953)
They became the greatest and most cherished on-screen duo ever with their second picture, Suchitra Sen’s, and their first one together. Comparing Sharey Chuattar to previous Bengali parody movies, it is evident that it is unique. Just picture the chaotic situation that would arise if a charming teenager entered a building that was filled with unmarried males! Because Molina Devi and Tulsi Chakraborty had stronger on-screen chemistry than Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, Nirmal Dey chose the two Bengali films with the most heart.
3. Saptapadi (1961)
Saptapadi is a movie about the predestined lives of a Bengali guy and a Christian woman that first appeared on the big screen at the height of the Uttam-Suchitra wave. The movie had all the elements that a sentimental Bengali movie from 1960 would have. Saptapadi is an utter treat thanks to the superb camera work, wonderful substance, and lovely music.
4. Indrani (1958)
The Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen romance in Indrani by Niren Lahiri has a few elements that set them apart from other on-screen couples. It was a groundbreaking movie that dispelled common beliefs at the time. It was among the first films in Indian cinema to address the effects of a marriage relationship.
5. Shap Mochan (1955)
Another Uttam-Suchitra movie directed by Falguni Mukherjee is Shap Mochan. The entire movie focuses on Suchitra Sen’s outstanding portrayal of Madhuri and her determination to destroy a family and inspire Uttam Kumar (Mahendra) to pursue his career. This 1955 movie, in which Uttam and Suchitra acted, is one of many top-tier movies they have appeared in thanks to a strong plot and prolific acting by some of the titans of Bengali cinema.
6. Pathey Holo Deri (1957)
Uttam and Suchitra used to dominate some other on-screen couples by a wide margin with their sheer on-screen attraction. Even now, watching one of their touching films together is a joy, and ‘Pathey Holo Deri’ is undoubtedly one of them. The main character of the movie is an MBBS student named Uttam who has a crush on the rich man’s granddaughter named Suchitra. By providing him her mother’s quarters, the young girl helps him to realize his dream of finishing higher education.
7. Harano Sur (1957)
You will be astounded by Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar’s remarkable chemistry and mystique. Following a train accident, Uttam Kumar becomes amnesic and meets Suchitra Sen as his doctor. They fall madly in love with one another and get married as a result. Uttam eventually regains his memory after another accident, though. At that point, he leaves Suchitra and resumes his prior way of life.
8. Sabar Uparey (1955)
There are undoubtedly many well-known actors in Bengal, some of them are undoubtedly more talented than the couple. However, taking everything into account, Uttam-beautiful Suchitra’s recollection has endured the test of time. An age that thought of them as the masters of romance was mystified by the reasons and mechanisms behind their chemistry. The protagonist of Sabar Uparey is a defense attorney who learns unexpectedly that his father has been charged with a murder that he didn’t commit. The protagonist (Uttam Kumar) sets out on his own adventure to restore his father’s reputation, and when everything conspires against him, he fights back.
9. Sagarika (1956)
The Bengali movie received favorable reviews and violated several romantic conventions. Agragami’s film tells the tale of Arun (Uttam Kumar), whose main objective is to pursue a career in medicine abroad. After experiencing a period of sight impairment, Arun is finally reunited with his love, and his life improves.
10. Ora Thake Odhare (1954)
The conflict between an East Bengali “bangal” family and a West Bengali “ghoti” family is depicted in Sukumar Dasgupta’s Bengali film from 1954. As the plot develops, this spoof movie transforms into a kaleidoscope of emotions that is inextricably linked to the Bengal of the past. The pairing of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen in Ora Thake Odhare was ideal, however this is one of the few films where the “jodi” didn’t receive much praise.
11. Devdas (1955)
The most well-known movie of Suchitra Sen’s career was Devdas (1955), directed by Bimal Roy, and her performance as Paro is still remembered today. With Devdas, the actress made her Bollywood debut, and she brought Parvati’s role to life.
12. Deep Jwele Jaai (1959)
In the 1959 film Deep Jwele Jaai, based on the short story Nurse Mitra, Suchitra Sen played a nurse who works in a psychiatric hospital. She forms an attachment with one of the patients and believes that people with mental illnesses should receive special treatment. She eventually ends up being admitted to the same ward because she is unable to handle the stress of her job. The movie was remade in Hindi as Khamoshi, starring Waheeda Rehman and Rajesh Khanna.
13. Chawa Pawa (1959)
The comedy-drama Chawa Pawa (1959), directed by Uttam Kumar and starring Suchitra Sen, tells the tale of a young guy named Rajat who meets wealthy girl Manju and is initially put off by her spoiled behavior. After giving her to her father, he is planning to amass some wealth. As the two protagonists fall in love, the journey’s action-packed story evolves into a tender romance.
14. Aandhi (1975)
Suchitra Sen plays an established politician who runs across her ex-husband in a hotel that he manages during an election in Gulzar’s political drama Aandhi (1975). Her early years with Sanjeev Kapoor’s JK are brought back to her by this encounter. Years after they split up, she is still in love with him but is unable to say it.
15. Uttar Falguni (1963)
A Bengali film Uttar Falguni was released on October 11th, 1963. Ajit Banerjee, Kalipada Chakraborty, and Chhaya Devi played the key roles in the Asit Sen-directed film.
Until her death in 2014, the vivacious actress lived in seclusion in Kolkata. Suchitra, a Ramkrishna Mission devotee, spent her time in meditation and prayer. Her daughter Moon Moon Sen and grandchildren Riya and Raima will carry on in the film industry after her.