14 Facts About Aparna Sen


Aparna Sen is an Indian film director, screenwriter and actress who is known for her work in Bengali cinema.


Aparna Sen has received several accolades as an actress and filmmaker, including nine National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards and thirteen Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards.


Aparna Sen's father was the veteran critic and filmmaker Chidananda Dasgupta.


Aparna Sen's mother Supriya Dasgupta was a costume designer and earned the National Film Award for Best Costume Design for Chidananda's directorial venture Amodini, at the age of 73.


Aparna Sen spent her childhood in Hazaribagh and Kolkata and had her schooling at Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata.


Aparna Sen made her film debut at the age of 16, when she played the role of Mrinmoyee in the Samapti portion of the 1961 film Teen Kanya directed by Satyajit Ray.


Aparna Sen went on to appearing in up to four films made by the director including, Jana Aranya and Pikoo.


Four years after her first film, in 1965, Aparna Sen acted in Akash Kusum, a Mrinal Aparna Sen film where she played the part of Monica.


Aparna Sen has been an imminent part of the Bengali film industry, playing the lead in popular films like Basanta Bilap and Memsaheb amongst others.


Aparna Sen has been a part of Hindi films such as Imaan Dharam, Ek Din Achanak and Ghaath.


In 2009, Aparna Sen appeared with Sharmila Tagore and Rahul Bose in Annirudh Roy-Chowdhary's Bengali film Antaheen.


In 2019, Aparna Sen acted in prominent Bengali films including Bohomaan and Basu Poribar.


Aparna Sen has served on juries at film festivals around the world.


From 1986 to 2005, Aparna Sen was the editor of the fortnightly Sananda, a Bengali women's magazine that enjoys equal popularity in West Bengal and Bangladesh.