Veteran Bengali actress Supriya Devi died of a severe cardiac arrest at her residence in Kolkata on Friday, her daughter said. She was 85.
Born in 1933, Supriya Devi was known for her work over five decades. She had made her debut in Uttam Kumar-starrer â€˜Basu Parivarâ€™ in 1952 and never looked back after â€˜Sonar Harinâ€™ opposite Uttam Kumar in 1959.
â€˜Chowringheeâ€™, â€˜Bagh Bandi Khelaâ€™ and â€˜Meghe Dhaka Taraâ€™ were among her classics.
She received the Padma Shri and West Bengal governmentâ€™s highest civilian award Banga Vibhushan, besides the Filmfare East Lifetime Achievement Award.
She is survived by her daughter.
â€œVery 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,â€ West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet.
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 fansâ€” Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 26, 2018
Expressing grief at the demise of Supriya Devi, legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who acted with her in â€˜Jodi Jantemâ€™ besides many others, said they had together been in films for many decades.
Supriya Deviâ€™s contemporary and veteran actress Sabitri Chattopadhyay said, â€œI cannot believe this news. We regularly talked over phone.â€
West Bengal Power Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay visited Supriya Deviâ€™s residence to pay tributes and said arrangements were being made on behalf of the state government for the last rites.