January 17, 2014
Grief-stricken WB CM`s message after Suchitra Sen`s death
Legendary actress Suchitra Sen passed away earlier this morning at around 8.25 AM. She was admitted in a private clinic for the last 26 days for treatment. West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee had been visiting her at the clinic from time to time. She was the only public figure Suchitra Sen had met in the last 34 years, except her doctors and next of kin.
After her sad demise, the West Bengal Chief Minister, who had arrived at the private clinic where the legend breathed her last, expressed her grief.
CM`s condolence message:
Suchitra Sen had a cardiac arrest around 8.25 AM in the morning and she breathed her last. Her passing away is a dreadful news to us, the film world and Biswa Bangla. It is a huge loss. Her talent is unmatched in this world. You cannot compare her with anyone else. This is a day of sadness for all of us.
Even the medical team that attended to her for the last few days are upset. You know that she had said no to ventilation. She kept herself away from public glare. She wanted to go away peacefully.
Her family decided to perform her last rites peacefully and quietly. They have requested me to request all of you to remain quiet and peaceful. They seek your support and cooperation. It has been decided by the family that the last rites will be performed at the Keoratala Crematorium.
I request all of you to stand by the family and cooperate with the administration.
She was an extraordinary woman. It is a great feat to remain away from public domain for so long. It is a rare spirit that today`s generation lacks. Everybody craves for publicity now. For 30-32 years she only spent time with her closest family.
For us, she was like family. All I can say is we have lost a very near and dear one, a remarkable, legendary lady. The state government will honour her with Gun Salute. She rejected Dada Shaheb Falke Award, but when we honoured her with Banga Bivushan, she sent her daughter to accept it. We were honoured for being able to honour her.
I believe at this point of time we all should stand beside her family and do what they want. We will go by what her family decides. I request all of you to cooperate with the family.