71-year old veteran Bollywood and Tollywood actress, Sumit Sanyal, passed away on Sunday at her residence in Lake Gardens, Kolkata.
Reportedly, Sanyal had been facing medical problems for quite some time and could not survive the cardiac arrest she suffered on Sunday around 10:30 a.m.
Sumita Sanyal was married to film editor Subodh Roy, and the two had a son. She was born in Darjeeling and her original name was Manjula. Bibhuti Laha, the director of her Bengali debut film ‘Khoka Babur Pratyabartan’ which was released in 1960 named her Sucharita. Later, director Kanak Mukopadhyay gave her the name ‘Sumita’.
Sumita Sanyal was a popular Bengali actress and is most known for her work in Tollywood. She has acted in more than 40 Bengali movies including the super-hit film ‘Sagina Mahto’ opposite Dilip Kumar.
Sanyal made her Bollywood debut with ‘Aashirwad’ in 1968. She had done a number of Bengali films prior to ‘Aashirwad’. Her most popular Tollywood films were ‘Kanchankaya’, ‘Kuheli’, ‘Dewa Nawa’, ‘Kal Tumi Aleya’, ‘Notu Jibon’, Harano Prem’ and ‘Teen Bhuboner Pare’.
In Bollywood, she was cast opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s superhit film ‘Anand’. Other Bollywood films that she was cast in include ‘Guddi’, ‘Mere Apne’, and ‘The Peacock Spring’. For her work in Bollywood, she is most remembered for her songs ‘Na Jiya Lage Na’ from ‘Anand’ and ‘Jhir Jhir Barse Sawani Ankhiyan’ from ‘Aashirwad’.
Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of Bengal, offered her condolences to Sumita Sanyal’s family through a tweet. State minister Aroop Biswas visited her residence to convey condolences.
Saddened at the passing of veteran actress Sumita Sanyal. My condolences to her family, friends and fansAdvertisement
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 9, 2017