The Bengali film industry has been producing some of the most iconic works through the history of the art. The artists themselves have been a huge cultural influence throughout generations. Dating back in 1932, it has been known to have produced critically acclaimed global parallel cinema and art films, with several of its filmmakers gaining international acclaim. Another important creation of “Tollywood” is actors. The artistic industry has seen some of the finest actors who have masterfully gripped the attention of filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick.
Frankly speaking, there is no way to constrict number of “best” Bengali actors. However, what can we do? For this list, I have taken in account the actor’s acting prowess, work, cultural prominence and of course, how may Satyajit Ray films the actress has starred in. These actors have made me feel proud of being a Bengali, and so, here is the list of 10 best Bengali actresses of all time.
10. Sandhya Roy
A pioneer of Bengali cinema, this actress was a veteran in playing “character roles” with eccentricity and an enigmatic awe. Sandhya Roy gained fame for essaying sweet and bubbly characters, glacially transforming herself into a versatile actress. Some of her acclaimed works are ‘Dadar Kirti’ (1980), ‘Ashani Sanket’ (1973) and ‘Thagini’.
9. Sabitri Chatterjee
A career spanning over 50 years, the actress has seen critical and commercial fame with some of the biggest personalities. Debuting in ‘Pasher Bari’ (1952), Chatterjee went on to star in Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali’ (1955) and ‘Aparajito’ (1956), earning critical acclaim.