Renowned Bengali actress Swatilekha Sengupta passes away at 71 due to kidney-related issues


Renowned film and theatre actor Swatilekha Sengupta passed away in Kolkata today. Swatilekha Sengupta had been unwell for a long and was being treated for kidney-related issues at a private hospital in the city. She was 71 when she breathed her last.

Swatilekha, who was hospitalised, has been suffering from kidney-related issues for the past 25 days. Her condition further deteriorated and she breathed her last today in the afternoon at a private hospital.

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Swatilekha started her career in theater in Allahabad in the early 1970s, acting in productions under the direction of A.C. Banerjee. She also received guidance from B.V. Karanth, Tapas Sen, and Khaled Chowdhury. Then she moved to Kolkata and joined the theater group Nandikar in 1978. In Nandikar she worked under the direction of Rudraprasad Sengupta, whom she went on to marry.

She was also the lead female protagonist in Ghare Baire, a 1985 film by Satyajit Ray, against Victor Banerjee and Soumitra Chatterjee. This film was based upon a novel of the same name Ghare Baire written by the famous Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore. She has also acted in films like Chauranga and Bela Seshe.