Widely regarded as a legend in the Indian film industry,
's contributions to acting have made her one of the most respected actresses ever. She quickly rose to fame by captivating the audience with her enigma, graceful dusky beauty, deep expressive eyes and enchanting smile. The wide variety of roles she undertook during her acting career is proof of her exceptional talent and versatility. Her inherent naturalness, sensitivity, and grace distinguished the acting. Listed below are the top 10 movies of the legendary actress Suchitra Sen.
1. Andhi (1975)
Considered one of her career's highlights, Suchitra Sen's performance as politician Aarti Devi in this movie stands out. The film poignantly depicted the exploration of love and politics. During a political campaign in a small town, Aarti Devi, now a successful politician, reconnects with her estranged husband, a hotel manager. As they spend more time with each other, they start to rekindle their love, but their previous disagreements and the obligations of their professions harm their relationship.
2. Mamta (1966)
A Bengali movie Uttarfalguni (1963) was remade as Mamta (1966). The heart-breaking film depicts a mother's sacrifice for her child's upbringing. Suchitra Sen portrayed the dual role of the mother and the daughter with perfcetion. She skillfully struck a balance between restraint and temperamental emotion, making her both compelling and beautiful. As the story progresses, it becomes more interesting and moves along well. The audience extensively appreciated the brilliant performance of Suchitra Sen in this movie.
3. Saath Paake Bandha (1963)
The film gives us glimpses of the post-marital hurdles and hardships of a couple. A wonderfully nuanced act that effectively captures Sen’s (Archana's) transformation from a youthful college student to a married lady struggling to salvage her marriage. Suchitra skilfully captures her powerlessness as she finds herself in the crossfire between her mother and her husband, played by
, who are least concerned about the impact on her. Her close-ups and her expressions of myriad emotions are astounding in this film.
4. Saptapadi (1961)
The film is set against the background of pre-independent India. Two young people, played by Suchitra Sen and
, from different religions fall in love but are separated due to orthodox conventions of society. However, time brings them together again when Krishnendu, who operates a military hospital in Bankura during
World War II
, recognizes his former love, Sen, a drunken Anglo-Indian female soldier, who was brought to him for treatment. With the stellar performance of both actors and the iconic bike scene, the film became an evergreen hit.
5. Deep Jwele Jai (1959)
Suchitra Sen's heart-warming portrayal in this 1959 classic is considered one of the greatest performances in Bengali cinema. The story of Deep Jwele Jai is based on the short of a young nurse, played by Suchitra Sen, who assists a progressive psychiatrist in treating patients with emotional trauma. Things get complicated when the nurse engages in a relationship with one of the patients (Basanta Chowdhury).
Suchitra Sen plays the role of a doctor to an amnesiac patient, Uttam Kumar (Alok). She rescues him and takes him home to treat him delicately, in contrast to the treatment received from the hospital. This film is about heartbreaks, expectations, misunderstandings, and tension abound, but true love wins in the end. How effortlessly Sen transitions from being a doctor to being a sweetheart to becoming a wife, looking for love, is spectacular. She suffers in silence but refuses to allow her love to be soiled. She really wants Alok back, but not at the expense of her own integrity and self-respect.
7. Sagarika (1956)
Arun, played by Uttam Kumar, an impoverished and orphaned medical student, is smitten by Sagarika (Sen) in this classic Sen/Kumar melodrama. However, their love story is not smooth at all. Arun's dream of becoming a doctor is jeopardised due to a scandal. However, he got another chance to follow his aspiration, but there was a catch. Things turn complicated as the film progresses. The audience praised Suchitra for playing the role of a stoic, suffering heroine who suppresses her feelings for the sake of others so accurately.
8. Devdas (1955)
Devdas (1955), a legendary movie based on the same-named famous Bengali literature, starred Suchitra Sen as Paro. Devdas is a doomed love story that centres on Devdas and Paro. Childhood friends Paro and Devdas develop romantic relationship as they grow up. However, Paro ends up marrying another man and Devdas turns to alcohol to ease his suffering. Widely praised for her depiction of Paro, Suchitra Sen gave the character complexity and subtlety. She and Dilip Kumar's acting contributed significantly to the movie's success.
9. Agniparikkha (1954)
This film is about the trials and tribulations of the characters, Tapasi and Kiriti. Tapasi, played by Suchitra Sen, a singer, was forced into marriage as a child to the grandson of a Zamindar. After her parents discover the truth, they pledge to erase any memory of Tapasi's marriage. She has grown up to be a lovely young lady, is now in love with Kiriti years later. After discovering the truth, she is ostracized. This film was a breakthrough for Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. The on-screen dynamics of these two actors was so engaging that this film became the highest-grossing Bengali film of the year.
10. Saarey Chuattor (1953)
Suchitra Sen's performance in the film received high praise, and her easy charm and humour made her a favourite among viewers. This film was the turning point of her life. The film progresses with the story of Romala, played by Sen, and her accommodation issue in Annapoorna Boarding House for bachelors. While her stay, Rampriti (Uttam Kumar), the leader of the boys, after a few run-ins and bitter encounters, falls for her. To know how these two end up together, one must watch the film. Without any complex plot, the film is very light-hearted and will give us a good laugh.