Suchitra Sen’s Ancestral House in Shambles

RBN Web Desk: The ancestral house of Suchitra Sen, widely considered as the most popular actress in Bengali cinema, is lying in shambles. The house, at Pabna in Bangladesh, is in a derelict state due to lack of proper maintenance.

The house was freed from illegal occupants in July 2014 after the Bangladesh Supreme Court passed an order. A museum in memory of the actress was supposed to be setup but nothing has been done so far in this regard. The premises of the building are unkempt with overgrown grasses and weeds. Worse still, a number of doors and windows have gone missing, with antisocial elements taking over the building after sundown. Garbage is also found strewn everywhere.

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Suchitra was born on 6 April, 1931 at her grandfather’s house at Vangabari in Belkuchi of the then greater Pabna district.

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Locals complained that the museum contains only a few stills from Suchitra’s films. While there is a projection room for screening her films, none has happened so far, they said.

Pabna deputy commissioner Rekha Rani Balo told the media, the building is under the cultural affairs ministry, which has not passed any order regarding its maintenance since the Supreme Court order was passed.

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