Suchitra Sen: Greta Garbo of Indian Cinema

Restricted herself mostly to Bengali Cinema , Mrs Suchitra Sen remained in every cinema lovers heart as an emotional, romantic actress who was bestowed with heavenly beauty, grace, personality ………………a diva higher above than ordinary. Her beauty was like a myth…………….and she kept it lifelong………………she was evergreen……………like Greta Garbo she too took reclusion and thoroughly stop bothering media at the point when she was at the peak of her career. Until death she maintained her reclusive status strictly and never ever came out to public by any means. In due course she refused the Honorary Dadasaheb Phalke Award and many more. She started her career after being married to renowned Bengali Industrialist Sri Dibanath Sen. Her first film was Sesh Kothay (1952)[where is the end] which remained unreleased.  It was with Bengal superstar Sri Uttam Kumar which gave her notification from the movie Sare’ Chuattar[74.5] and Uttam Kumar Suchitra Sen’s pair  got the first step to its legendary popularity. Followed by movies like Shaapmochan, Sabar Upare’, Indrani, Agni Parikhsha, Harano Sur, Saptapadi, Sagarika, Trijama, Bipasha, Pathey holo deri, and many many more she proved herself to be the best pair with Uttam Kumar and remained one of the leading actress of cinema lovers. She was the first Indian actress to win an International Award for her role in the movie Saat Paake’ Bandha[ in hindi Jaya Bachchan enacted movie Kora Kagaz]. Apart from that she enacted in Dweep Jwele Jai[ in hindi Khamoshi], Mamta[ bilingual Hindi and Bengali]. For Mamta she got Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination but at the same year Waheeda Rahman enacted Guide was released and she[Waheeda] won the best actress Filmfare Award. She tried her acting in Hindi Movies too and enacted in few movies but as she concentrated on Bengali Cinema more she put down many big Directors of Mumbai like Raj Kapoor. Her few notable movies in Hindi are Devdas[ opposite Dilip Kumar Saab], Bombai ka Babu, Mamta and above all Aandhi. It is said that Gulzar made the movie  Aandhi inspired by the life of Srimati Indira Gandhi and the script was written exclusively for Suchitra Sen in the lead role. Due to date problem she even refused Sri Satyajit Roy who wanted to do Devi Chaudhurani along with her. Later on, another Bengali director Sri Dinen Gupta made a film Devi Chaudhurani with Suchitra Sen. These few words are nothing to describe such a legendary actress like her. At her death right from the President of India, Prime Minister of India , Bangladesh Prime Minister , legendary actor Sri Amitabh Bachchan and many prominent personalities mourned and her cremation was started with an honorary gun salute. How a small town girl developed herself into a magnificent persona, by her acting by her grace  by her enchanting magnetism ……………….. that will be always an inspiration to all.

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kya janu sajan………………….haunting melodies of bollywood…………..

Kya janu sajan…..hote hain kya gam ki shaam, this is a famous composition of Mr R. D. Burman from movie Baharon ke sapne…the song is famous for its enchanting haunting melodies throughout.Mr Burman is not the first music composer in Bollywood to create such haunted melodies, it was Madan Mohan Saab who had literally initiated  marvellous haunted melodies  in his short filmy lifespan. Woh Bhuli dastan lo phir yaad aa gayee from movie Sanjog, lag ja gale ke phir ye haseen raat ho na ho, jo humne dastaan apni sunayee ap keun roye  from movie yo kaun thi, tu jahan jahan chalega, mera saya sath hoga…………….. from Mera Saya “tum jo mil gaye ho to ye lagta hain ye jahan mil gaya ” from movie Hanste Zakhm………. all of these songs have beautiful haunting melodies, back to  R. D. Burman we have found ” mere naina sawan bhadon’ from movie Mehbooba, “O majhi re” from movie Khusboo, Aaya hoon mein tujhko le jayunga apne saath tera hath tham ke from movie Manoranjan. His father Sri Sachin Dev Burman Saab too had created melodies with haunted undertone……megha chaye adhi raat from movie Sharmilee, O re majhi from movie Bandini, coming to Sri Hemant Kumar Saab ….his songs Kahin Deep Jale kahin dil from movie bees saal bad is also a notable haunting  composition.  These songs have intense magical melodies that it seems  somebody far beyond is calling and the sound is coming in a faint voice….. with rhythmic interruptions, its  like a pleasant fragrance which  slowly  takes  our senses into its control………………..and our senses are surrendering into its divine possession ………it gives so much pleasure to our hearing that we feel we are lost into it……………A. R. Rahman’s title song Dil Se re is also such kind of music………………a true successor of the yesteryear’ s Bollywood music maestros…………….often found influences of western music but its a part of it…………………..creating haunting tunes in music is an exceptional qualities of  an able composer…………………its a variety of music which really carries a masters signature of the composure for sure……………………I wish after 400 years people will listen to all these melodious songs…………………..these music are so much ear soothing that people will remember them even after centuries…..