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Moon Moon Sen, also credited as Moonmoon Sen, (born 28 March 1954)[1] is an Indian film actress, known for her works in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Kannada films. She eventually starred in Bollywood films. She has appeared in 60 films and 40 television series. She has received Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1987, for her role in the film Sirivennela.

Moon Moon Sen
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Member of Parliament
In office
2014 – 24 May 2019
Preceded byBasudeb Acharia
Succeeded bySubhash Sarkar
ConstituencyBankura, West Bengal
Personal details
Born (1954-03-28) 28 March 1954 (age 65)[1]
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Political partyTrinamool Congress
Spouse(s)Bharat Dev Varma (1978–present)
ChildrenRaima Sen
Riya Sen
ParentsDibanath Sen
Suchitra Sen
ResidenceKolkata, West Bengal, India
Alma materSomerville College, Oxford
Jadavpur University


Early lifeEdit

Moon Moon Sen was born into a Hindu family in Kolkata to popular Bengali actress Suchitra Sen and Dibanath Sen. Her father, of Ballygunge Place, was the son of one of the wealthiest businessmen of Kolkata, Adinath Sen. Her great grandfather Dinanath Sen was the Diwan or a Minister of the Maharaja of Tripura.

She was educated at Loreto Convent, Shillong and at Loreto House, Kolkata. She completed her graduation from Somerville College, Oxford and received her masters in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.[2][3]

As a child, Sen learnt drawing from Jamini Roy, one of India's greatest artists.[4] She loves paintings and collecting antiques. In an interview in 2000, she said she taught at Ballygunge Govt High School for a year[5] and then taught graphics at Chitrabani, a school teaching film techniques. She was also active in social work and even thought about adopting a baby, even before she was married.[3] Sen taught English at a well known Boys' school (Ballygunge Govt. High School) in Kolkata before joining films.


Acting careerEdit

Moon Moon Sen started her career in films and television after marriage and motherhood. She made her debut in Andar Baahar (1984).[6] Her daring role in that film apparently created a storm of controversy.

She had also starred in a suspense thriller 100 Days with Madhuri Dixit. After Zakhmi Dil (1994) she did not appear in films until 2003 when she starred in an unsuccessful thriller Kucch To Hai. She could not match success of her mother. She'd acted in a Telugu movie Sirivennela directed by the legendary Telugu director K.Vishwanath.

Before and after entering the film industry, she appeared alone (or with her daughters) in some modelling assignments. She notably modelled for soap ads [7] which were quite controversial in the 1980s. Apart from doing some television serials, she also did couple of Bengali tele-films.

Sen said she would bare all even at 70.

"Age is not important, the attitude is. Sophia is the ultimate glam girl who can manage to look beautiful in such a picture even now. But yes, India too has beautiful women like Rekha and Hema Malini who can carry such a thing out with aplomb. In fact, I wouldn't mind myself if the shoot is done aesthetically and with taste."[8]

Her film My Karma (2004),[9] directed by Korak Day[10] earned her international praise, as the film received international awards and recognition for her as a "tough and sweet Indian wife, standing as a rock behind her husband".[citation needed]

She is now doing a few films at a time.[1] She is also apparently writing a cookbook in Bengali, which is yet to be published.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

She joined Trinamool Congress in March 2014[11] and won in 2014 Lok Sabha Polls from Bankura constituency, where she defeated CPI(M)'s nine-time MP, Basudeb Acharia.[12][13] In 2019, she lost the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency election to Babul Supriyo of BJP.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Moon Moon Sen married in 1978, to a descendant of the erstwhile royal family of Tripura state. They have two daughters, actresses Raima Sen and Riya Sen. She has high regard for her husband, for his consistent support of her professional acting career.[5]

Her late mother-in-law, Ila Devi, daughter of Indira Raje, was the princess of Cooch Behar, and elder sister of Gayatri Devi, the Maharani of Jaipur.

Deeply religious, in spite of her bohemian screen image, Moon Moon Sen is committed to family life and grieved at her mother, Suchitra Sen's passing away on 17 January 2014, due to a heart attack. She immersed the ashes of her mother ritualistically in the Ganges, on Wednesday, 29 January 2014, the prayers attended by dignitaries, like West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, close friends and family, who had missed the funeral, it being a hurried affair after five hours of death, as per the last wishes of the dying actress Suchitra Sen.[15]









  • 12B (2001) as Jo's mother



  1. ^ a b "Sixteenth Lok Sabha – Members Bioprofile – Varma, Smt. Dev (Moon Moon Sen)". Parliament of India – Lok Sabha. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Moon Moon Sen Biography". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Focus on IIFCL refinance to pump in Rs 75,000 crore". 6 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Sorry". Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Sorry". Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  6. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - NCR stories".
  7. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: Transcript of the Adi Godrej Chat".
  8. ^ "Dare to bare at 70? – The Times of India". The Times of India. 9 July 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  9. ^ My Karma (2004) IMDb
  10. ^ Korak Day, IMDb
  11. ^ "Baichung Bhutia, Moon Moon Sen bring star power to Mamata's TMC".
  12. ^ "Tollywood wishes luck to Dev, Moon Moon Sen for Lok Sabha Polls". IANS. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Lok Saba polls: Bhaichung Bhutia, Moon Moon Sen to contest on Trinamool ticket". The Times of India. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Asansol Election Result 2019: Moon Moon Sen loses to BJP's Babul Supriyo". The Times of India. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Moon Moon Sen immerses ashes of late mother Suchitra Sen in Ganges". 18 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Kalakar award winners" (PDF). Kalakar website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.

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