As their film Belashuru hit theatres this week, dairy brand Amul paid a poignant tribute to late actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Swatilekha Sengupta. Last November, veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee died, while her Belaseshe co-star Swatilekha died on June 16. Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy directed the Bengali film Belashuru, which was released after their deaths. Ever since the tribute was paid to the actresses, netizens have started to search for Swatilekha Sengupta. Well, let us check who was she and what happened to her. Get all the details here.
Swatilekha Sengupta was a Bengali actress who received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, which is the highest honor given to working artists. As an actor, she made a significant contribution to Indian theatre. Swatilekha began her career in theatre in the 1970s in Allahabad, when she appeared in shows directed by A.C. Banerjee. B.V. Karanth, Indian stage lighting designer Tapas Sen, and Khaled Chowdhury were also helpful. She later relocated to Kolkata and joined the Nandikar theatre company in 1978. She worked in Nandikar under the guidance of Rudraprasad Sengupta, a Bengali director, and cultural critic.
Who Was Swatilekha Sengupta?
Swatilekha played Bimala in Satyajit Ray’s Bengali-language love drama film Ghare Baire, released in 1984. The film was based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel of the same name, and it dealt with women’s independence. At the 1984 Cannes Picture Festival, the film competed for the Palme d’Or. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali at the 32nd National Film Awards. Swatilekha also starred in Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee’s Bengali-language family drama Belaseshe.
Veteran actresses Soumitra Chatterjee and Swatilekha Sengupta performed the key parts in this film, which was produced by Windows and distributed by Eros International. Decades later Satyajit Ray’s Ghare Baire, the duo was again seen acting in this film. Swatilekha Sengupta also acted in Raj Chakroborty’s Dharmajuddha 2021, which revolved around five characters: Ammi, Munni, Raghav, Shabnam, and Jabbar, and was set against the backdrop of the violent disturbance in the border area between a Hindu and Muslim community.
According to sources, renowned actor, Soumitra Chatterjee died of the novel virus on November 15 last year at the age of 85, and his Belaseshe co-star Swatilekha died on June 16. Belashuru, directed by Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy, was released after their deaths. However, the film is not a sequel to Belaseshe. Our team also remembers the legendary actresses and pays them sincere respects.