Shobha Sen also known by the name Sova Sen has her popularity and fame from Bengali theatres and in films. She preferred to be cast as the actress.
Personal life :
Utpal Dutt tied the knot with her and they brought a daughter into this world, Dr. Bishnu priya Dutt. Her daughter opted for theatre history and is a professor in the School of Arts & Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She completed her graduation from Bethune College and further joined Gananatya Sangstha.
In the movie "Nabanna", she mesmerizes everyone with her acting skills. During 1953-1954, she assigned her name for little theatre group which became People's theatre group. She was casted in many productions of the theatre group and notable enough among them are "Barricade”, "Titumir", "Tiner Taloyar”. She was awarded the Mother Teresa International Award on 10th April 2010. In 1940, the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) gave a heart-warming production to the society, "Nabanna" where Shobha Sen marked her presence and is remembered till date.
Some other plays she performed are Barricade & Titumir Films • In 1972, she starred in Ek Adhuri Kahani, a film directed by Mrinal Sen. The film relates to a Bengali story , Granta by Subodh Ghosh starring her and Utpal Dutt in the cast. • She cast in one of Ritwik Ghatak's film “Bedeni" which came out to be his first film as a director. In 1951, after being chosen to direct the movie, he named it "Arup Kotha". For 20 days, the film was shot at Bolpur and Ghatshila . But unfortunately, technical faults in the cameras came out to provide an unknown resistance in releasing the film.
Shobha Sen was cast in the role of "Pingala" and was successful in giving performance to her level best. • In 2001, she acted in Dekha, the film was directed by Gautam Ghose and released on 2001. The story line describes how an aged poet on the verge of losing his eyesight suffering from glaucoma gets left out by his wife. • Shadows of Time was a romantic German film in Bengali, directed by Florian Gallenberger, which proved its presence in 2004 where she carried on the role of "Old Masha”. The movie starred legendary actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Irrfan Khan.
Another version of This Bio:
Shobha Sen aka Sova Sen, is a famous name in Bengali theatre and films. She was born in Faridpur, West Bengal, India. She graduated from Bethune College and her career began in the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) production of Nabanna or 'New Harvest' in 1944. Her excellent performance in films like Paribartan in 1949, Chhinnamul in 1950, Babla in 1951 and Nagarik in 1952 brought her out of the IPTA circuit.
She has also acted in a few Hindi films like Ek Adhuri Kahani. Her other famous works include Chopper (1985), Jharh (1982) and Swati (1977). In 1953-54, she joined the People's Theatre Group, which was earlier known as Little Theatre Group. Utpal Dutt owned this Group. She played many versatile roles there, being the female lead for plays like Shakespeare's Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and so on, all of which were translated.
Shobha Sen was married to Utpal Dutt in the year 1961. She has one daughter, Dr. Bishnupriya Dutt, who is a professor of theatre history at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi. She has four grandchildren. After Utpal Dutt formed People's Little Theatre (PLT) in 1969, she recorded excellent performances in his Surja Shikar, Tiner Taloyar, Lenin Kothay, Stalin 1934, and Maloparar. She also acted in his Jatra productions like Rifle in 1968, and in over 150 movies.
After Utpal Dutt's death, she supervises the PLT and is the managing trustee of the Utpal Dutt Foundation of International Theatre Studies.