Who was Supriya Devi? The iconic Bengali actress once compared to Sophia Loren

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Published: January 26, 2018 1:51:50 PM

Veteran Bengali film actress Supriya Devi passed away today after suffering a severe cardiac arrest. She was 85. The actress was at her residence when she suffered the fatal attack.

supriya devi deathBorn in 1933 in Mitkina, Supriya Devi was known for her work over five decades.

Veteran Bengali film actress Supriya Devi passed away today after suffering a severe cardiac arrest. She was 85. The actress was at her residence when she suffered the fatal attack. Supriya Devi is survived by her daughter. “She felt unwell around 6.20 a.m. She was in the bathroom then. When doctors were called, they declared her dead,” they said. Born in 1933 in Mitkina, Supriya Devi was known for her work over five decades. She had made her debut in Uttam Kumar-starrer ‘Basu Parivar’ in 1952 and never looked back after ‘Sonar Harin’ opposite Uttam Kumar in 1959. She is considered as one of the most aphrodisiac sirens of Indian cinema and was often compared to her contemporary Hollywood legend, Sophia Loren. Supriya Devi was one of the leading figures of the golden era of Bengali cinema that saw her straddle the screen space with great aplomb like Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. ‘Chowringhee’, ‘Bagh Bandi Khela’ and ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’ were among her classics.

She received the Padma Shri and West Bengal government’s highest civilian award Banga Vibhushan, besides the Filmfare East Lifetime Achievement Award. Chief Minister of Bengal Mamata Banerjee tweeting on her demise, ” Very saddened at the passing of legendary actress of Bengal, Supriya Chowdhury (Debi). We will fondly remember her through her films. Condolences to her family and fans.” Soumitra Chatterjee who acted with the actress in the film ‘Jodi Jantem’ also expressed his grief.

Supriya Devi’s contemporary and veteran actress Sabitri Chattopadhyay said, “I cannot believe this news. We regularly talked over phone.” West Bengal Power Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay visited Supriya Devi’s residence to pay tributes and said arrangements were being made on behalf of the state government for the last rites.

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