Legendary actor Suchitra Sen, who was known as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema and had 60 films to her credit including the memorable 'Aandhi' and' Deep Jwele Jai', on Friday died of a heart attack at a super-speciality hospital.
Sen was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic on December 23 following a respiratory tract infection. Later she was treated in a private intensive treatment unit for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Sen, who has been living the life of a recluse in a south Kolkata apartment, has starred in memorable Hindi films like 'Devdas', and 'Aandhi' and 'Saat Paake Bandha', 'Agnipariksha', 'Saptapadi' and 'Deep Jwele Jai' in Bengali.
Beginning her career with the Bengali film Shesh Kothai in 1952, Sen went on to receive a National Award for her performance of Paro in the Bimal Roy's 1955 Hindi classic Devdas opposite Dilip Kumar. She is also famous for her role in Gulzar's political drama Aandhi, where she starred opposite Sanjeev Kumar.
She is the first Indian actress to be awarded at an international film festival. She was given the best actress award for Saat Paake Bandha in 1963 Moscow film festival.
After her 1978 movie Pronoy Pasha with Soumitra Chatterjee flopped, she disappeared from the public eye and even allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005 preferring not to make a public appearance.