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Sukhen Das
Native name
সুখেন দাস
Sukhendranath Das

(1938-07-28)28 July 1938
Died4 April 2004(2004-04-04) (aged 65) [1]
Occupation Actor
Screenplay/story writer
Known for Pratisodh (1981)
Daan Pratidaan (1992)
Amar Kantak (1987)

Sukhen Das (Bengali : সুখেন দাস) (28 July 1938 – 4 April 2004) was an Indian Bengali film actor, [2] [3] director, [4] screenwriter and story writer.

Bengali language Indo-Aryan language mainly spoken in India and Bangladesh

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Cinema of West Bengal Indian Bengali language film industry based in West Bengal, India

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Early life and education

Das was born as Sukhendranath Das in Kolkata. [5] [6] He spent parts of his childhood in an orphanage i.e The Ramkrishna Society-Anath Bhandar. He did not finish his education because of financial problems. Later he fled the orphanage and took shelter in a doctor's chamber. During this time he roamed around near film studios, and he was spotted by director Debnarayan Gupta who gave him a role as a child actor (Master Sukhen) in the movie Dasiputra (1949). [7]

Kolkata Capital city of West Bengal, India

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. According to the 2011 Indian census, it is the seventh most populous city; the city had a population of 4.5 million, while the suburb population brought the total to 14.1 million, making it the third-most populous metropolitan area in India. Kolkata Megalopolis is the area surrounding Kolkata Metropolitan city with additional population. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of the border with Bangladesh, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. The city is widely regarded as the "cultural capital" of India, and is also nicknamed the "City of Joy". Recent estimates of Kolkata Metropolitan Area's economy have ranged from $60 to $150 billion making it third most-productive metropolitan area in India, after Mumbai and Delhi.


Das acted in many commercially successful movies [3] [8] including Pratishodh (1981) [9] and Maa Ek Mandir (1988). [9] His roles in the movies Lalu Bhulu (1959), Dhonyi Meye (1971), Rajnandini (1980) and Dadamoni (1984) earned him critical acclaim. He also directed a large number of movies, including Milan Tithi, Sayani, [10] Maan Abhiman (1978) [11] and Singhaduar (1978), and wrote scripts for a number of others. [2] His play 15th July was translated into Hindi. He acted in a large number of jatras (stage play or theater: "Jatra" is the Bengali term for stage plays)[ clarification needed ] as well.

Das was typecast in tragic roles, [12] although he sometimes played comic roles as well, [13] as exemplified by his role in Dhonyi Meye. A typical role for him would be a man who became handicapped in an accident while trying to rescue younger brother or friend, and who was being ill-treated by others. His role in Pratisodh, where he played the role of an action hero, was unusual.

Personal life

Das married twice. His son Rajat Das was an actor and a director. His brother Ajay Das was a music director, and scored the music in many of Das' movies.

He died on 4 April 2004 in a nursing home in Kolkata due to cardiac arrest. [14]



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