Legend of Bengali Film Supriya Devi passes away – CM Mamata, Super Star Prosenjit Chatterjee along with the world of Fans found it a great loss

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“Dada Ami Banchte Chai” means “Brother I want to live” an iconic dialogue of Hritik Ghatak’s “Megehe Dhaka Tara” made everyone cry at theater; but this time the fame actress Supriya Devi is no more and every one is crying for the legend. 

Padma Shri award winning Golden era heroine Supriya Devi passed away after prolonged illness at Kolkata.

She was born in British India at Myitkyina,Burma, in 1935, her daughter Somaa Chattopadhyay informed that the actress passed away in her Ballygunj home after suffering from a massive cardiac arrest at around 6 am in the morning.  She was 83-years-old at the time of her death.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweets her condolence message:

Super star Prosenjit Chatterjee’s Message

She was very popular in Bangladesh too. She had been in leading role in Door Gagan Ki Chaon Main with legend Kishore Kumar. 

Her father Gopal Chandra Banerjee introduced her in Bengali theater at an early age of 7 years.

With the death of Supriya Devi, a big chapter in Golden era of Bengali film history and one of the major costar of Uttam Kumar comes to an end.

At a point of time the Bengali film industry was ruled by Uttam Kumar and Supriya Devi and was compared with the fame of Uttam Suchitra even. She made her ventured into films with the film Basu Parivar opposite the iconic Super Star Uttam Kumar. Her immense acting prowess once again found voice in Ritwik Ghatak’s Megha Dhaka Tara. Her role of Amrapali was very bold yet elegant at that point of time.

In 2014, She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for her contributions to the entertainment industry.

She was also conferred upon with the BFJA Award two times and in 2011, she received the Banga-Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour in West Bengal

Supriya devi acted in some 45 Bengali films till 2006. Her last film was The Namesake.

In 1954, Supriya married Bishwanath Choudhury and a few years later her only daughter Soma was born. She retired from films for a while before returning in the late 1950s. Later she lived together with Mahanayak Uttam Kumar.

She was famous for her recipe and a great cook too. Benu Di a more popular among his close circle for her life and modern outlook ahead of her time.

A great loss for her fans and Bengali film industry.  

 

Wiki Info

Supriya Choudhury (8 January 1935 – 26 January 2018) was an Indian Bengali actress who is known for her work in Bengali cinema for more than 50 years. She is best known for her portrayal of Neeta in Ritwik Ghatak’s Bengali film Megha Dhaka Tara (1960). She has been conferred upon with the BFJA Award for two times. In 2011, she received the Banga-Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour in West Bengal. In 2014, She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for her contributions to the entertainment industry.

Her demise in the early hours of January 26, 2018 due to a cardiac arrest was mourned by the entire film industry.

Early life
Supriya was born in Myitkyina, Burma. Her father was Gopal Chandra Banerjee, a lawyer. He is from Faridpur (now in Bangladesh). During World War II, her family moved to Calcutta (now in India).

Supriya was seven years old when she made her acting début in two plays directed by her father. She was a dancer since her childhood, even receiving an award from Thakin Nu, the then Prime Minister of Burma, who was moved by one of her dance recitals. From her childhood, her closest friend was Nihar Dutta, who married into the Guha Thakurata Family and became Mrs. Nihar Guha Thakurata, an eminent Social Worker of Burma of her time.

In 1948, the Bannerjees left Burma for good and re-settled in Calcutta. They had been refugees in 1942 when the Japanese forces occupied Burma. The young Supriya and her family were forced to undertake an arduous trek on foot to the safety of Calcutta.

Career
In Calcutta, she resumed her dance lessons and trained under Guru Muruthappan Pillai and later under Guru Prahlad Das. Supriya and her family were on friendly terms with Chandrabati Devi who was their neighbour. It was through Chandrabati Devi’s inspiration and contacts that Supriya Choudhury stepped into the world of Bengali films. She made her debut in Uttam Kumar starrer Basu Paribar (1952) under the direction of Nirmal Dey and successively appeared in Prarthana (1952) directed by Pranab Ray and Shyamali (1952) directed by Binoy Bandyopadhyay. She, then took a hiatus and returned to filmdom in Marmabani (1958) under Sushil Majumdar’s direction. She rose to prominence after she had appeared in the Uttam Kumar starrer blockbuster Sonar Harin (1959) directed by Mangal Chakraborty. She rose to higher prominence after she had played the role of Amrapali in Amrapali (1959) directed by Sree Tarashankar and produced by Nalanda Films.

Vyjayanthimala who was later found to play the same titular role was full of praise for her performance in the film. She was applauded for her performance in Raja Sen’s National Award winning Bengali film Atmiyo Swajan (1998). Rediff described her performance in the film as “a fairly good fleshing out Supriya Devi”.

Personal life
In 1954, Supriya married Bishwanath Choudhury and a few years later her only daughter Soma was born. She retired from films for a while before returning in the late 1950s. Later she lived together with Mahanayak Uttam Kumar.

Award
Won- Filmfare East Award- Lifetime Achievement Award
Won-Padmashri-the fourth highest civilian award for her contribution to Indian Cinema.
Won- Banga-Vibhushan – the highest civilian award in West Bengal in 2011.
BFJA Award-Best Actress Award for “Tin Adhay” in 1969.
BFJA Award-Best Supporting Actress Award for “Chhinnapatra” in 1973.

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