Veteran Bengali actor, Swatilekha Sengupta, was on cloud nine when after watching her film, Bela Seshe (2015), Amitabh Bachchan sent her a handwritten letter. The Big B praised her performance in the Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy directed family drama. The letter is one of Swatilekha’s most cherished treasures. The 70-plus film actor and theatre veteran is an admirer of Amitabh Bachchan’s work as well.
Filmfare met the actress on the sets of her upcoming film, Bela Shuru, the sequel of Bela Seshe. She was all praise for the Big B. “Amitabh Bachchan liked Bela Seshe. He sent me a letter which I have preserved. I always wanted to meet Mr Bachchan but unfortunately, I could never meet him. He came to Kolkata many times. But it’s not my nature… I can’t go up and say ‘sir sir’,” she said.
Swatilekha started her acting career opposite Soumitra Chatterji with Satyajit Ray’s Ghare Baire (1985). After that she distanced herself from movies. She returned to big screen with Soumitra Chatterji once again in Bela Seshe. Bela Shuru is her third film with Soumitra Chaterjee, “I was young when I did Ghare Baire. He was a great name and I was nothing. We never spoke much. I was proud that I was acting with him. But now he talks about me a lot. After Bela Seshe, he asked people to take me in their projects. He says encouraging things about me now. I feel quite happy,” she smiles modestly. Bela Shuru implies the beginning at the end of life. The husband, who in Bela Seshe, declared that he was opting for divorce, now takes care of his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
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