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Film industry pays tribute to India's Greta Garbo

Suchitra Sen

New Delhi, Jan. 18 -- The entire Indian film industry on Friday condoled the death of legendary Bengali cinema actor, Suchitra Sen, often described as India's Greta Garbo after she quit acting at the height of her career to lead a hermit-like existence.

Sen, 82, died in Kolkata on Friday due to a massive heart attack. She was admitted to the hospital last month following a respiratory tract infection.    

"We were on the same wavelength while doing our emotional scenes and like me she too did her mental preparation diligently," remembered veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who acted with her in Devdas (1955).

Actor Amitabh Bachchan described her as a "beauty, talent, enigmatic ... she adorned film world of Bengal with exquisite performances, graced Hindi films too!"    

Actor Sridevi said she will always remain an inspiration. "Actor par excellence, a divine beauty, a legend, an icon who will inspire generations to come. RIP Suchitra Sen," she tweeted.

Leading actor Madhuri Dixit added to that, "Indian cinema will miss you."    

The Bengali film fraternity also paid their respects. "Real inspiration ... how to detach yourself from stardom and film world ... spiritual power," wrote filmmaker Shoojit Sircar. "She was a great symbol of women empowerment," said actor Rituparna Sengupta, who is set to reprise Sen's iconic role, Debi Chowdhurani.