Noted Bengali actress Supriya Devi dies in Kolkata

Veteran actress Suriya Devi passed away in Kolkata today due to severe heart arrest. She was 85 and is survived by her daughter. Born in the small Burmese town of Myitkyina in Myanmar (then Burma), Supriya is best remembered for her portrayal of Neeta in Ritwik Ghatak’s ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’.

Supriya Devi’s acting career spanned over five decades. She starred in popular movies  like ‘Chowringhee’ and ‘Bagh Bandi Khela’.

Born in 1933, she was honoured with Padma Shri and West Bengal governments highest civilian award Banga Vibhushan and also received the Filmfare East Lifetime Achievement Award. She made her acting debut in Uttam Kumar-starrer ‘Basu Parivar’ in 1952. Since then she never looked back and starred in many blockbuster Bengali movies.  

"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," West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, mourning her death.

Bengali film legend actor and her colleague Soumitra Chatterjee expressed grief over Supriya Devi's demise. 

"I cannot believe this news. We regularly talked over phone," said her contemporary and veteran actress Sabitri Chattopadhyay.

West Bengal Power Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay visited Supriya Devis residence and paid his tribute.