Supriya Devi

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Supriya Choudhury
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Native name সুপ্রিয়া দেবী
Born Krishna Banerjee
(1933-01-08)8 January 1933
Myitkyina, British Burma (now Myanmar)
Died 26 January 2018(2018-01-26) (aged 85)
Kolkata, India
Cause of death heart attack
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952
1958–2018
Notable work Amrapali
Meghe Dhaka Tara
Shuno Baranari
Komal Gandhar
Swaralipi
Teen Adhyay
Sanyasi Raja
Sister
Spouse(s) Bishwanath Choudhury (m. 1954; div. 1958)
Uttam Kumar (m. 1963; his death 1980)
Awards Padma Shri
Banga-Vibhushan
Filmfare Award
BFJA Awards

Supriya Choudhury (8 January 1933 – 26 January 2018) was an Indian actress who is known for her work in Bengali cinema for more than 50 years. She is best known for her portrayal of Neeta in Ritwik Ghatak's Bengali film Megha Dhaka Tara (1960).[1][2][3] She was conferred the Filmfare Award and the BFJA Award twice. In 2011, she received the Banga-Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour in West Bengal.[4] 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.[5]

She made her debut in Uttam Kumar starrer Basu Paribar (1952) under the direction of Nirmal Dey and successively appeared in Prarthana (1952) directed by Pranab Ray.[1] She, then took a hiatus and returned to filmdom in Marmabani (1958) under Sushil Majumdar's direction.[1] She rose to prominence after she had appeared in the Uttam Kumar blockbuster Sonar Harin (1959), directed by Mangal Chakraborty.[3] At the beginning of the 1960s, she came to a bigger attention for her successive roles in films such as Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960), Shuno Baranari (1960), Komal Gandhar (1961), Swaralipi (1961), Agnisanskar (1961) to name a few. She made her Bollywood debut opposite Dharmendra in Begaana (1963) under Sadashiv Rao Kavi's direction.[1]

Early life[edit]

Supriya was born in Myitkyina, Burma.[6] Her father was Gopal Chandra Banerjee, a lawyer. He is from Faridpur (now in Bangladesh).[6] During World War II, her family moved to Calcutta (present-day Kolkata, India).[6][7][8]

Supriya was seven years old when she made her acting début in two plays directed by her father. She was a dancer since her childhood, even receiving an award from Thakin Nu, 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 into the Guha Thakurata Family and became Mrs Nihar Guha Thakurata, an eminent Social Worker of Burma of her time.[9]

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.[1][9]

Career[edit]

In Calcutta, she resumed her dance lessons and trained under Guru Muruthappan Pillai and later under Guru Prahlad Das. Supriya and her family were on friendly terms with Chandrabati Devi who was their neighbour. It was through Chandrabati Devi's inspiration and contacts that Supriya Choudhury stepped into the world of Bengali films.[10]

She made her debut in Uttam Kumar starrer Basu Paribar (1952) under the direction of Nirmal Dey and successively appeared in Prarthana (1952) directed by Pranab Ray and Shyamali (1952) directed by Binoy Bandyopadhyay.[11] She, then took a hiatus and returned to filmdom in Marmabani (1958) under Sushil Majumdar's direction.[1][12] She rose to prominence after she had appeared in the Uttam Kumar starrer blockbuster Sonar Harin (1959) directed by Mangal Chakraborty.[13]

She rose to higher prominence after she had played the role of Amrapali in Amrapali (1959) directed by Sree Tarashankar and produced by Nalanda Films.[14][15] Vyjayanthimala who was later found to play the same titular role was full of praise for her performance in the film.[16]

At the beginning of the 1960s, she came to a bigger attention for her successive roles in films such as Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960), Shuno Baranari (1960), Komal Gandhar (1961), Swaralipi (1961) to name a few.[17][9] She made her Bollywood debut opposite Dharmendra in Begaana (1963) under Sadashiv Rao Kavi's direction.[18] She was applauded for her performance in the 1973 blockbuster Sanyasi Raja.[19][20]

She was applauded for her performance in Raja Sen's National Award winning Bengali film Atmiyo Swajan (1998). Rediff described her performance in the film as "a fairly good fleshing out Supriya Devi".[21]

Personal life[edit]

In 1954, Supriya married Bishwanath Choudhury and a few years later her only daughter Soma was born.[22] The couple divorced in 1958.

She retired from films for a while before returning in the late 1950s. Later she lived together with Mahanayak Uttam Kumar who was also a childhood friend of her youngest brother.[13][23] Later they were married until Kumar's death in 1980.[24]

Supriya died of a heart attack in Kolkata on 26 January 2018, aged 85.[25]

Filmography[edit]

  1. The Namesake (2006)... Ashima's Grandmother
  2. Arjun Aamar Naam (2003)
  3. Ekti Nadir Naam (2002)
  4. Shesh Thikana (2000)... Sriradha's grandmother
  5. Atmiya Swajan (1998)
  6. Honeymoon (1992)
  7. Kori Diye Kinlam
  8. Iman Kalyan (1982)
  9. Kalankini Kankabati]] (1981)
  10. Uttar Meleni (1981)
  11. Dui Prithibi (1980)
  12. Debdas (1979)... Chandramukhi
  13. Bahnisikha
  14. Dui Purush (1978)... Bimala
  15. Sandhya Raag (1977)
  16. Sabyasachi (1977)
  17. Sanyasi Raja (1975)
  18. Bhola Moyra
  19. Sister
  20. Jadi Jantem (1974)... Sujata
  21. Bagh Bandi Khela (1975)
  22. Raktatilak (1975)... Binata
  23. Bon Palashir Padabali (1973)... Padma
  24. Andha Atit (1972)
  25. Chhinnapatra
  26. Bilambita Loy (1970)
  27. Duti Mon (1969)
  28. Chiradiner (1969)
  29. Mon Niye (1969)
  30. Sabarmati (1969) Hiren Nag Chhaya Debi
  31. Jiban Mrityu
  32. Chowringhee (1968)... Karabi Guha
  33. Teen Adhayay (1968)
  34. Kal Tumi Aleya (1966)... Dr. Labanya Sarkar
  35. Shudhu Ekti Bachhar (1966)
  36. Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964)... Asha
  37. Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964)... Meera
  38. Nishithe
  39. Lal Pathar (1964)
  40. Begaana (1963)
  41. Surya Sikha (1963)
  42. Uttarayan (1963)
  43. Swaralipi
  44. Komal Gandhar (1961)... Anasuya
  45. Madhya Rater Tara (1961)
  46. Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)... Nita
  47. Natun Fasal (1960)
  48. Suno Baranari (1960)
  49. Sonar Harin (1959)
  50. Amrapali
  51. Basu Paribar (1952)... Sukhen's Sister

Awards[edit]

  • Won- Filmfare Awards East- Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 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.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Gupta, Ranjan Das (2017-03-24). "'I never expected too much'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b Correspondent, Special (2 February 2018). "Bengali actor Supriya Choudhury passes away". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "State honours nine with Banga-Vibhushan", timesofindia.indiatimes.com; accessed 2 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal get Padma Shri". Daily News and Analysis. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c "আমি সেই মেয়ে : সুপ্রিয়া দেবী". Prothom Alo. 12 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Biography for Supriya Choudhury". Supriya Choudhury. Internet Movie Database Inc. Retrieved 3 December 2006. 
  8. ^ "Padma Shri awardee Supriya Devi passes away at 83". The Economic Times. 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  9. ^ a b c "Supriya Devi is no more, but her feminist legacy lives on". The Indian Express. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "Dada, Ami Bachte Chai - Upperstall.com". Upperstall.com. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Memories and the man". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  12. ^ PTI. "Supriya Devi, veteran Bengali actress, dies at 85". livemint.com. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Selling Uttam?". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "AMRAPALI - Film/Movie". citwf.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  15. ^ "Amrapali (1959) - Cinestaan.com". Cinestaan. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  16. ^ Gupta, Ranjan Das (2017-03-24). "'I never expected too much'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  17. ^ "প্রয়াত বাংলা চলচ্চিত্রের স্বর্ণযুগের প্রখ্যাত অভিনেত্রী সুপ্রিয়া দেবী". Sangbad Pratidin. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "BEGANA - Film/Movie". www.citwf.com. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  19. ^ "Veteran Bengali actress Supriya Devi passes away". freepressjournal.in. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  20. ^ "বেণুদি ছাড়া আর কিছু বলা যেত না - Eisamay". Eisamay (in Bengali). 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  21. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: The old man and the society". m.rediff.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  22. ^ "দাদা আমি বাঁচতে চাই". anandabazar.com. Retrieved 2018-01-26. 
  23. ^ "Details". www.epaper.eisamay.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  24. ^ "Actor Supriya Devi's legacy was more than just being Uttam Kumar's heroine". dailyo.in. 26 January 2018. 
  25. ^ Bengali Actor Supriya Devi Dies, Mamata Banerjee Offer Condolences, NDTV; accessed 2 February 2018.

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