ETV Bangla is set to pay tribute to the ‘Greta Garbo’ of Bengali cinema, Suchitra Sen, in a special programme recently, titled Ashirbad Mahanayika, which will be aired exclusively on their channel on July 23 from 9:30 pm.
Suchitra Sen has easily been the most popular lead actress of Bengali cinema. Paired mostly opposite another Bangla legend, Uttam Kumar, Sen dominated Bengali cinema from the late fifties to the early seventies, and starred in several evergreen hits like Saptapadi, Pathey Holo Deri, Indrani, Agni Pariksha, Deep Jele Jai, Harano Sur, Sagarika, Saat Pake Badha, Sabar Upare. These continue to be tremendous crowd pullers even today.
However, the versatile actress has been a near recluse, a la Hollywood legend Greta Garbo, after bidding adieu to the silver screen nearly three decades ago.
ETV Bangla has conceived this two-and-a-half hour programme to mark Sen’s 75th birthday. Ashirbad Mahanayika features noted film director Rituporno Ghosh in a chit chat with Supriya Devi, another popular Bengali actress of yesteryears, along with Raima and Riya Sen, Suchitra Sen’s granddaughters, who give insights into the elusive actress, who stole many a Bengali veiwers’ hearts with her signature smile.
Well-known singers like Srikanto Acharya, Indranil Sen, Sriradha Bandhopadhyay, Shibaji Chattopadhyay, Arundhuti Home Choudhury and Shampa Kundu render some memorable songs from Sen’s films.
Come Saturday evening, most Bengali households are expected to stay glued to their TV sets for this ETV Bangla programme dedicated to their sapne dekha raj kanya, a refrain from a song from one of Sen’s hit films, which aptly describes her.