New Delhi: Narendra Modi, BJP's prime ministerial candidate, mourned the death of Suchitra Sen, the legendary Bengali actress Suchitra, and lauded the actress for her contribution to both Hindi and Bengali cinema.
Suchitra, who had been undergoing treatment at a nursing home in Kolkata for serious respiratory problems, breathed her last today, she was 82. "The 82-year old actress, under treatment at the Belle Vue Clnic for the last 26 days following serious respiratory problems, breathed her last at 8.25 a.m., attending doctor Subir Mondal had said.
Expressing his deep sorrow via Twitter, Narendra Modi wrote, "RIP Suchitra Sen. In her, we have lost a fine actress who leaves behind a monumental contribution to both Hindi & Bengali cinema."
Bengali cinema superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee posted on Twitter, "It's a great loss for Bengali Cinema and Indian Cinema Maha Nayika is no more... Mrs Sen... RIP."
Actress Rituparna Sengupta, who is set to reprise Sen's iconic character Debi Chowdhurani, said, "She was a great symbol of women empowerment. She was not only known in Bengali film industry but also in the international cinema. I look upto her. She lived in the minds of people and remembered for her beautiful smile and the aura."
Prem Chopra wrote, "It's a great loss. She is a great actress and iconic figure of Bengali film. She made her name all over the world."
The actress, who ruled Bengali cinema for decades, has been a recluse ever since she quit acting over three decades ago.
Known for power-packed performances in highly acclaimed Bengali films such as 'Deep Jwele Jaai' and 'Uttar Falguni' as well as Hindi movies 'Devdas', 'Bombai Ka Babu', 'Mamta' and 'Aandhi', she has been dubbed as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema.
She won the best actress award for 'Saat Paake Bandha' at the Moscow Film Festival in 1963.
Here's what fans and celebrities wrote on the microblogging site. (With inputs from IANS, PTI)