Legendary actress Suchitra Sen, who was hospitalized since 23 December, passed away on Friday morning in Kolkata due to a cardiac arrest. She was 83.
The actress, who was called Bengal's Greta Garbo, was put on ventilator after her condition deteriorated on Thursday night, doctors said.
Sen was admitted at Belle Vue Clinic nursing home on 23 December after she suffered chest infection.
The veteran actress ruled millions of hearts throughout the 1960s and 70s. She made her acting debut in 1952 with an unreleased film "Shesh Kothaay". In the accompanying year, she featured in "Sharey Chuattor" opposite Uttam Kumar, which turned into a box office hit.
Her patented melodramas and romantic roles in films, particularly when featured opposite Uttam Kumar, made her the most renowned Bengali actress ever.
She gave one of the best performances in 1959 Bengali film "Deep Jweley Jai" directed by Asit Sen, which was later remade in Hindi as "Khamoshi" in 1969 starring Waheeda Rehman and Rajesh Khanna.
Sen became the first Bengali actress to win an award in an international film festival. She won the Best Actress award for 1963 Bengali film "Saat Paake Bandha" at the Moscow film festival.
The late actress in her three decade long career has worked in remarkable Hindi films. Her first Hindi film was "Devdas" in 1955 with performer Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala in the lead. She assumed the part of Parvati (Paro) in the film.
Her other landmark Hindi films includes 1966 film "Mamta" and 1974 hit film "Aandhi".
Celebrities and politicians expressed sorrow over the death of one of finest actresses in film industry.
Narendra Modi: RIP Suchitra Sen. In her, we have lost a fine actress who leaves behind a monumental contribution to both Hindi & Bengali cinema.
Naveen Jindal: Sad to hear of the passing away of one of our most loved artists, legendary actress Suchitra Sen #RIP
Sushma Banerjee: My respectful homage to Suchitra Sen - a woman of dignity and actress par excellence.
Shivraj Chouhan: Suchitra Sen, your contribution in Hindi-Bangla films will always be remembered. Om Shanti.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Suchitra Sen will always be remembered for her Remarkable Performances in Devdas,Aandhi,Mamta & immense Contribution to Bengali Cinema.RIP
Onir: My thoughts are with my friend @RaimaSen , I know how special her grand mom was and what a big loss it is to the family #SuchitraSen
Gul Panag: #RIP : Actress Suchitra Sen dead
Madhabi Mukherjee told Rediff: "She was the most sincere and dedicated person I have ever come across in my life. She can't die. She, like Uttam Kumar, will ever be alive in our hearts."
Biswajit Chatterjee told Rediff: "It's a great loss, it's an end of an era. Just when we thought she was getting better, she bid adieu. "I was lucky to have shared screen space with her. She was a perfect blend of beauty and the brains,' he said.