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Suchitra Sen: A Legend in Her Lifetime

Shoma A. Chatterji (Author)
Synopsis Her incandescent beauty glowed on the screen and dazzled a nation. When Suchitra Sen turned her huge almond-shaped eyes towards the camera, the audience held its breath, watching one of the greatest actresses of the Indian screen. The unforgettable pair of Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar became the epitome of cinematic romance—creating a sparkling screen magic that Bengali cinema has not seen again. Then at the peak of her career, Suchitra Sen gave it all up, to retreat into her private and very secluded world, rarely appearing in public. This is the fascinating story of an actress who mesmerised with her grace and talent and continues to intrigue by her silent mystery.
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Shoma A. Chatterji

Shoma A. Chatterji, based in Calcutta since 1995, is a noted author, freelance journalist and film critic writing for over 20 years. Her areas of specialization are cinema, gender, television, personalities, children human rights, literature and relationships. She conducts workshops on writing, journalism, and film appreciation in Mumbai and Kolkata several times a year. She won a commendation for her 'Outstanding Contribution to women's Issues' from the Eve's Weekly Woman Journalist Award in 1988; the National Award for Best Film Critic of the years in 1991; the Best Film Critic Award from the Bengal Film Journalists' Association i 1998 and National Award for the Best Book on cinema in 2003 for the book Parama and other outsiders-the Cinema of Aparna Sen. She is a postgraduate in Economics, Education and also holds a postgraduate diploma in Journalism from Mumbai's Somaiya Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has presented papers at national and international seminars on cinema and gender and has been on the international jury at several international film festivals across Europe. She is a founder member of FIPRESCI-India, an international organisation of film critics based in Munich. She has authored four books on gender, four film biographies, two film analyses, three collections of short fiction in English and one collection of cinema articles in Bengali.

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Narasingha P. Sil - Shoma Chatterji's "Roma-yana" Jan, 01, 1970

I happen to be an admirer of Roma Sen (or the film actress Suchitra Sen), though I do not let my admiration drown in syrupy panegyric so typical of Indian (especially Bengali) biographers. Almost all accounts (including Chatterji's) on this woman project her persona as a majestic and mysterious icon--all gold, no dross. We have little idea of Roma Sen as a human being with her foibles and forte. We need a credible biography (not a hagiography) of this most deserving film personality of West Bengal. We need to know her odyssey as well as her backstage personality--what we Bengalis call Jibancharit and what we have--"Roma-yana".

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Title Suchitra Sen: A Legend in Her Lifetime
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8171679986
length 80p., Plates.