Moon Moon Sen
(Moon Moon Sen)
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Basudeb Acharia|
|Constituency||Bankura, West Bengal|
|Born||28 March 1954|
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
|Political party||Trinamool Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Bharat Dev Varma (1978–present)|
|Residence||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Alma mater||Somerville College, Oxford|
Moon Moon Sen, also credited as Moonmoon Sen, (born 28 March 1954) is an Indian film actress, known for her works in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Kannada films. She eventually starred in Bollywood films. She has appeared in 60 films and 40 television series. She has received Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1987, for her role in the film Sirivennela.
Moon Moon Sen was born into a Hindu family in Kolkata to popular Bengali actress Suchitra Sen and Dibanath Sen. Her father, of Ballygunge Place, was the son of one of the wealthiest businessmen of Kolkata, Adinath Sen. Her great grandfather Dinanath Sen was the Diwan or a Minister of the Maharaja of Tripura.
She was educated at Loreto Convent, Shillong and at Loreto House, Kolkata. She completed her graduation from Somerville College, Oxford and received her masters in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
As a child, Sen learnt drawing from Jamini Roy, one of India's greatest artists. She loves paintings and collecting antiques. In an interview in 2000, she said she taught at Ballygunge Govt High School for a year and then taught graphics at Chitrabani, a school teaching film techniques. She was also active in social work and even thought about adopting a baby, even before she was married. Sen taught English at a well known Boys' school (Ballygunge Govt. High School) in Kolkata before joining films.
Moon Moon Sen started her career in films and television after marriage and motherhood. She made her debut in Andar Baahar (1984). Her daring role in that film apparently created a storm of controversy.
She had also starred in a suspense thriller 100 Days with Madhuri Dixit. After Zakhmi Dil (1994) she did not appear in films until 2003 when she starred in an unsuccessful thriller Kucch To Hai. She could not match success of her mother. She'd acted in a Telugu movie Sirivennela directed by the legendary Telugu director K.Vishwanath.
Before and after entering the film industry, she appeared alone (or with her daughters) in some modelling assignments. She notably modelled for soap ads  which were quite controversial in the 1980s. Apart from doing some television serials, she also did couple of Bengali tele-films.
Sen said she would bare all even at 70.
"Age is not important, the attitude is. Sophia is the ultimate glam girl who can manage to look beautiful in such a picture even now. But yes, India too has beautiful women like Rekha and Hema Malini who can carry such a thing out with aplomb. In fact, I wouldn't mind myself if the shoot is done aesthetically and with taste."
Her film My Karma (2004), directed by Korak Day earned her international praise, as the film received international awards and recognition for her as a "tough and sweet Indian wife, standing as a rock behind her husband".
Moon Moon Sen married in 1978, to a descendant of the royal family of Tripura state. They have two daughters, actresses Raima Sen and Riya Sen. She has high regard for her husband, for his consistent support of her professional acting career.
Deeply religious, in spite of her bohemian screen image, Moon Moon Sen is committed to family life and grieved at her mother, Suchitra Sen's passing away on 17 January 2014, due to a heart attack. She immersed the ashes of her mother ritualistically in the Ganges, on Wednesday, 29 January 2014, the prayers attended by dignitaries, like West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, close friends and family, who had missed the funeral, it being a hurried affair after five hours of death, as per the last wishes of the dying actress Suchitra Sen.
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress – Sirivennela (1987)
- Kalakendra Screen Award
- Bharat Nirman Award
- Kalakar Awards.
- Andar Baahar (1984) ... Reema
- Musafir (1986)
- Mohabbat Ki Kasam (1986) .... Radha
- Jaal (1986)
- Sheesha (1986) ... Manisha Prakash
- Pyaar Ki Jeet (1987) ... Rani sahiba
- Majnu (1987)
- Maashuka (1987)
- Woh Phir Aayegi (1988)
- Be Lagaam (1988)
- Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe (1989)
- Tere Bina Kya Jeena (1989)
- Ek Din Achanak (1989)
- Apna Desh Paraye Log (1989)
- Pathar Ke Insan (1990) ... Dancer
- Lekin... (1991) ... Pammi
- Jeevan Ek Sanghursh (1990)
- Bahaar Aane Tak (1990) ... Renu
- 100 Days (1991) ... Rama
- Iraada (1991)
- Vishkanya (1991) ... Mrs. Sonal Vikram Singh
- Waqt Ka Badshah (1992)
- Zakhmi Rooh (1993) ... Seema/Reema
- Zakhmi Dil (1994) ... Mala
- Kucch To Hai (2003) ... Madam Sexena
- Nil Nirjane (2003)
- Love at Times Square (2003) ... Sweety's mother
- Taj Mahal: A Monument of Love (2003)
- My Karma (2004) ... Mrs. Mullik
- It Was Raining That Night (2005)
- Bow Barracks Forever (2007) ... Rosi
- Barood : (The Fire) - A Love Story (2010)
- Chorus (1974)
- Rajbadhu (1982)
- Rajeswari (1983)
- Baidurya Rahasya (1984)
- Ajantay (1984)
- Pujarini (1984)
- Antarale (1985)
- Amar Kantak (film) (1986)
- Anjali (1987)
- Tumi Kato Sundar (1988)
- Nishi Trishna (1989)
- Byabodhan (1990)
- Gajamukuta (1991)
- Hirer Angti (1992)
- Mahashay (1992)
- Sopan (1994)
- Neel Nirjane (2003)
- Buno Haansh (2014)
- Apon Ghorey
- Angaadi (1982)
- Chiriyo Chiri (1982)
- Aval Kaathirunnu Avanum (1986)
- Gentleman Security (1994)
- 12B (2001) as Jo's mother
- My Karma (2004) ... Mrs. Mallik
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- "Moon Moon Sen Biography". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
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- My Karma (2004) IMDb
- Korak Day, IMDb
- "Baichung Bhutia, Moon Moon Sen bring star power to Mamata's TMC".
- "Tollywood wishes luck to Dev, Moon Moon Sen for Lok Sabha Polls". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- "Lok Saba polls: Bhaichung Bhutia, Moon Moon Sen to contest on Trinamool ticket". The Times of India. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- "Moon Moon Sen immerses ashes of late mother Suchitra Sen in Ganges". 18 January 2014.
- "Kalakar award winners" (PDF). Kalakar website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- Shoma A. Chatterjee. "Moon Moon Sen: Back in the Spotlight", Screen (part of the Indian Express group), 24 November 2000. An article based on an interview with Moon Moon Sen, discussing her career and her private life.
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