The screen icon remained an enigma even in her death as the hearse carrying her body was covered with white flowers and black-tinted glass making it difficult for fans to catch a glimpse of the star. Onlookers, news channel cameras and thousands of those who gathered at the hospital, outside her house and at the crematorium to mourn her death, were left disappointed after being unable to see her face. Sources close to her family said this was done keeping with the last wishes of the veteran actress whose acting prowess and magnetic personality had mesmerised audiences in Bengali as well as Hindi films like 'Agnipariksha', 'Devdas', 'Saat Paake Bandha' 'Aandhi' and' 'Deep Jele Jai'. When the body was brought for the last rites at Keoratala Crematorium in south Kolkata, it was kept in a coffin and later on brought to the pyre hidden from the public eye. Hardly anyone from outside her close circuit has seen her face in the last three decades. After her movie 'Pronoy Pasha' with actor Soumitra Chatterjee flopped, Sen disappeared from the public view and even allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in to keep herself away public appearance. The reason of her staying away from public life, however, remains a mystery. In , a local Bengali TV channel had claimed to have gathered some images of Sen, but could not air it, respecting her privacy.
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Her movies with Uttam Kumar are considered classics in the history of Bengali cinema. Suchitra Sen is credited to have been the first Indian actress to receive an international award at the Moscow International Film Festival in the year for her role of a disillusioned alcoholic in the film Saptapadi. She was also awarded with the Padma Shri award in India. However, the actress is known to have become a social recluse from the year and apparently, she even refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award which is known to be the highest cinematic honour in India, to remain away from the public eye. For this reason she was often compared to Greta Garbo. Now, we came across this picture of the actress which has gone viral on social media. While the authenticity of this picture hasn't been confirmed yet, we did send the picture to her granddaughters Riya Sen and Raima Sen for confirmation but none of them reverted to our query. Reportedly, nobody knew how she Suchitra Sen looked after a certain age and even after her death, her family members made sure that none of her pictures are shared with the media.
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