Supriya Devi – The Ever-Popular Bengali

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Veteran Bengali film actor and Padma Shri awardee, Supriya Choudhury (Devi) passed away at her South Kolkata residence on Friday ( January 26, 2018) following a massive heart attack. She was 85.

Supriya Devi is survived by her daughter Soma, from her marriage to Bishwanath Choudhury in 1954.

Born on January 8, 1933, in Mitkina in erstwhile Burma (now Myanmar), Supriya Devi made her debut in the Uttam Kumar starred Basu Parivar in 1952. During her over five-decade career in the Bengali film industry, she delivered hits and classics like Sonar Harin, Chowringhee, Bagh Bandi Khela, Meghe Dhaka Tara among others. Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabitri Chattopadhyay are some of her other contemporaries and co-stars.

Supriya Devi was also awarded the Banga Vibhushan- the highest ever civilian award given by the Bengal Government in 2011, and a Life Time Achievement Award by Filmfare during their eastern India version of the award show. She was one of the leading figures of the golden era of Bengali cinema that saw her straddle the screen space with great aplomb alongside the late Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. Having acted in around 50 films, she was last seen on the big screen in The Namesake. Apart from her acting skills, she was also famous for her amazing cooking recipes!

Expressing her grief, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, tweeted: “ Very saddened at the passing of legendary actress of Bengal, Supriya Chowdhury (Debi). We will fondly remember her through her films. Condolences to her family and fans.”


Supriya Devi’s mortal remains was taken from her residence to the Rabindra Sadan compound, where hundreds, among the leading cultural and political personalities, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, paid their last respects. The bugle played the last post before she was accorded a guard of honour and a gun salute, as soulful Rabindra Sangeet played in the background at the Keoratala crematorium before the creamation.


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