Supriya Devi

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Supriya Devi
Born Krishna Banerjee
(1935-01-08) January 8, 1935 (age 80)
Yangon, Myanmar
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955–present
Spouse(s) Bishwanath Choudhury
Partner(s) Uttam Kumar

Supriya Devi (Bengali: সুপ্রিয়া দেবী) (born 8 January 1935), also known as Supriya Choudhury (Bengali: সুপ্রিয়া চৌধুরী), is an Indian Bengali actress, who has acted in Bengali cinemas for more than 50 years.[1] Her real name is Krishna and nickname Benu. She received Banga-Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour in West Bengal in 2011.[2]In 2014, She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for her contributions to the entertainment industry.[3]

Early life[edit]

Supriya Devi was born in Yangon, Burma. Her father was noted lawyer Gopal Chandra Banerjee. During World War II, a large number of Indians, who had previously settled in Burma, returned to India. Supriya's family ended up settling in the southern part of Calcutta.[4]


Supriya Devi was seven years old when she made her acting début in two plays directed by her father. She was a keen dancer since her childhood even receiving an award from Thakin Nu, the then Prime Minister of Burma, who was moved by one of her dance recitals. From her childhood her closest friend was Nihar Dutta who married Guha Thakurata Family and became Mrs.Nihar Guha Thakurata, an eminent Social Worker of Burma of her time.

In 1948, the Bannerjees left Burma for good and re-settled in Calcutta. They had been refugees in 1942 when the Japanese forces occupied Burma.The young Supriya and her family were forced to undertake an arduous trek on foot to the safety of Calcutta.

In Calcutta, she resumed her dance lessons and trained under Guru Muruthappan Pillai and later under Guru Prahlad Das. Supriya and her family were in friendly terms with Chandrabati Devi, a popular character actor, who was their neighbour. It was through the Chandrabati Devi’s inspiration and contacts that Supriya Devi stepped into the world of Bengali films.

Personal life[edit]

In 1954, Supriya Devi married Bishwanath Choudhury and a few years later her only daughter Soma was born. She retired from films for a while before returning with a bang in the late 1950s. After doing some scintillating works with Uttam Kumar in some films, they had a relationship.[citation needed] Afterward, they lived together for several years.[5][unreliable source?]


  1. The Namesake (2006) .... Ashima's Grandmother
  2. Ekti Nadir Naam (2002)
  3. Shesh Thikana (2000) .... Sriradha's grandmother
  4. Honeymoon (1992)
  5. [[Iman Kalyan (1982)
  6. Kalankini Kankabati]] (1981)
  7. Mon Niye (1981)
  8. Debdas (1979) .... Chandramukhi
  9. Dui Purush (1978) .... Bimala
  10. Sandhya Raag (1977)
  11. Sanyasi Raja (1975)
  12. Jadi Jantem (1974) .... Sujata
  13. Bagh bandi khela(1975)
  14. Bonpalashir Padabali (1973) .... Padma
  15. Bilambita Loy (1970)
  16. Chiradiner (1969)
  17. Mon Niye (1969)
  18. Chowringhee (1968) .... Karabi Guha
  19. Teen Adhayay (1968)
  20. Kal Tumi Aleya (1966) .... Dr. Labanya Sarkar
  21. Shudhu Ekti Bachhar (1966)
  22. Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964) .... Asha
  23. Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964) .... Meera
  24. Lal Pathar (1964)
  25. Begaana (1963)
  26. Surya Sikha (1963)
  27. Uttarayan (1963)
  28. Komal Gandhar (1961) .... Ansuya
  29. Madhya Rater Tara (1961)
  30. Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960) .... Nita
  31. Natun Fasal (1960)
  32. Suno Baranari (1960)
  33. Basu Paribar (1952) .... Sukhen's Sister

The renowned Bengali short story writer Balai Chand Mukhopadhyaya whose pseudonym was Banaphool, was married to her elder sister.[who?][citation needed]


  • Won-Padmashri-the fourth highest civilian award for her contribution to Indian Cinema.
  • Won- Banga-Vibhushan - the highest civilian award in West Bengal in 2011.
  • BFJA Award-Best Actress Award for "Tin Adhay" in 1969.
  • BFJA Award-Best Supporting Actress Award for "Chhinnapatra" in 1973.


  1. ^ Chatterji, Shoma (2003-08-01). "50 years of Supriya Devi". Screen Weekly. Indian Express Newspapers (Mumbai) Ltd. Retrieved 2006-12-03. [dead link]
  2. ^ State honours nine with Banga-Vibhushan
  3. ^ "Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal get Padma Shri". Daily News and Analysis. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Biography for Supriya Choudhury". Supriya Choudhury. Internet Movie Database Inc. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  5. ^ "Supriya Devi". Retrieved Jan 2014. 

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