Suchitra Sen's popularity among the people of West Bengal and Bangladesh remains unmatched decades after she graced the silver screen. The songs she lip-synced are still a rage and she is still the reference point for upcoming actresses.
Well-known British film critic Derek Malcolm once said: "She was very, very beautiful. She had this 'still' quality. She did not need to do a lot of 'acting'."
Among the most memorable performances of Sen was her depiction of the trauma of a woman unable to hold on to her marriage in "Saat Pake Bandha" and the role of a emotionally-traumatised woman who temporarily loses her vision in “Sagarika”.
Sen was a trendsetter in many respects -- one of them being she had posed scantily-clothed for modelling and another being her entry into films five years after her marriage--something unimaginable in those days.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the death of Suchitra Sen saying she had “carved a special niche in the hearts of millions of Indians through her graceful cinematic presence. Sen's versatility and range of performances, in a career spanning nearly three decades, mark a unique contribution to Indian cinema, and to Bengali films in particular”.
The entire Bengali cinema industry and Bollywood paid rich tributes to Suchitra Sen, recalling her mesmerising beauty and strong portrayal of roles in films.
Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan remembered Suchitra for her beauty, grace, enigma and acting prowess.
Bengali cinema superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee posted on Twitter, "It's a great loss for Bengali Cinema and Indian Cinema Maha Nayika is no more...
Actress Rituparna Sengupta, who is set to reprise Sen's iconic character Debi Chowdhurani, said "She was a great symbol of women empowerment. She was not only known in Bengali film industry but also in the international cinema. I look up to her. She lived in the minds of people and is remembered for her beautiful smile and the aura."
Bollywood star Sridevi tweeted "an actor par excellence, a divine beauty, a legend and an icon who will inspire generations to come."
"RIP Suchitra Sen... Real inspiration... How to detach yourself from the Stardom and Film world ... Spiritual power," tweeted director Shoojit Sircar.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said her demise will be a great loss to the Bengali cinema. "Suchitra Sen will always be remembered for her remarkable performances in Devdas, Aandhi, Mamta and immense contribution to Bengali Cinema.
Madhuri Dixit said “Indian Cinema will miss you, Suchitra Sen”.
Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee said “Suchitra Sen: there is so much learn from your life and your work! you will be missed”.