Suchitra Sen: The Legend and the Enigma Lunching

Starmark, in association with Harper Collins Publishers, India hosted the launch of reputed film critic Shoma A. Chatterji’s Suchitra Sen: The Legend and the Enigma on 20th january 2016. The Chief Guest on this occasion was the eminent film personality and MP, Smt. Moon Moon Sen. Also present at the launch were the reputed actor Raima Sen and the author herself.

In this nuanced biography, award-winning author and critic Shoma A. Chatterji unveils the many dimensions of the Suchitra Sen persona: as the legendary romantic star, her slow, steady metamorphosis into a powerful artiste; her working-womanUntitled-1 roles at a time when women were seen as mere appendages to the narrative; and her willful social seclusion which spawned many a conspiracy theory. Tackling issues that have never been addressed before, this is a fascinating portrait of an icon of Indian cinema.

For close to two decades from the mid-1950, Suchitra Sen mesmerized the cinema-going public in West Bengal. Her onscreen pairing with Uttam Kumar spelt the kind of magic that has had no equal in Indian cinema, with over thirty blockbusters that continue to enthrall film lovers. Independently of Uttam Kumar, her performances in Saat Paake Baandha, Deep Jele Jai and UttarPhalguni have few parallels. Towards the end of her career, she wooed apan-Indian audience with box-office hits like Mamta and Aandhi. By the time she called it quits, she was a legend. The book published by HarperCollins Publishers, India.