Bengali Actor Sreela Majumdar, Favorite of Directors Mrinal Sen and Shyam Benegal, Passes Away at 65

Kolkata, India – Sreela Majumdar, a renowned Bengali actor known for her exceptional performances in films directed by Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, and Prakash Jha, passed away in her Kolkata residence at the age of 65. Majumdar had been battling cancer for the past three years. She is survived by her husband and son.

Majumdar’s demise has left the West Bengal film industry in mourning. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences, describing Majumdar as a powerful actor who had portrayed remarkable roles in significant Indian films. The loss of Majumdar’s stellar presence will be deeply felt by the Bengal film industry, according to Banerjee.

Throughout her career, Majumdar worked closely with director Mrinal Sen, earning critical acclaim for her performances in films such as “Ekdin Pratidin” (And Quiet Rolls the Dawn, 1980), “Kharij” (The Case is Closed, 1982), and “Akaler Sandhane” (In Search of Famine; 1981). She also made appearances in Bollywood films, including Shyam Benegal’s “Mandi” (Market Place, 1983), Prakash Jha’s “Damul” (Bonded Until Death, 1985), and Utpalendu Chakraborty’s “Chokh” (Eye, 1983).

In total, Majumdar worked in 43 films. She was highly regarded for her sensitive voice dubbing for Aishwarya Rai in the film “Chokher Bali” (A Passion Play, 2003), directed by Rituparno Ghosh. Her remarkable career spanned several decades, and she was recently seen in “Palan” by Kaushik Ganguly, a sequel to “Ekdin Pratidin,” which received widespread critical acclaim last year.

Majumdar’s contributions to the film industry were recognized by many actors and directors. Rituparna Sengupta, a Bengali film actor who had shared screen space with Majumdar, lamented the industry’s failure to fully utilize her talent. Majumdar had delivered countless memorable performances under the direction of eminent filmmakers such as Mrinal Sen.

The passing of Sreela Majumdar marks the end of an era in Bengali cinema. Her exceptional acting skills and indelible presence on screen will be dearly missed. The film industry mourns the loss of a talented artist, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations.