Sukhen Das

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

Sukhen Das
Sukhendranath Das

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

Early life and educationEdit

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]


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 lifeEdit

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]






  1. ^ "Noted Bengali actor Sukhen Das dead". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b Yves Thoraval (1 February 2000). The cinemas of India. Macmillan India. pp. 232–234. ISBN 978-0-333-93410-4.
  3. ^ a b Kironmoy Raha; Nandan (Organization : Calcutta, India) (1991). Bengali cinema. Nandan. p. 72.
  4. ^ "Director Sushanta Pal Choudhury On Bengali Movies APARAJITA, ANTARDAHO, AJO DUCHOKHE TUMI, AAMAAR SHOPNO TUMI (Interview)". Washington Bangla Radio on internet, Subhomoy Mukherjee, Calcutta, 19 March 2011
  5. ^ "Biography of Sukhen Das". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Sukhen Das Photo gallery". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Bengali actor Suken Das dead". Times of India | 4 April 2004
  8. ^ Bimal Mukherjee; Sunil Kothari; Ananda Lal, Chidananda and Das Gupta (1995). Rasa: Theatre and cinema. Anamika Kala Sangam. p. 254.
  9. ^ a b Indrajit Hazra. Grand Delusions. Aleph Book Company. pp. 78–. ISBN 978-93-83064-60-1.
  10. ^ "Shakuntala Barua". Kolkata Today, Shakuntala Barua 29 March 2014
  11. ^ Film World. T.M. Ramachandran. 1979. p. 65.
  12. ^ Sumita S. Chakravarty (2000). The enemy within: the films of Mrinal Sen. Flicks Books. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-948911-57-6.
  13. ^ "Laughing Stock". Times of India, Priyanka Dasgupta | TNN | 20 Dec 2010.
  14. ^ "Noted Bengali actor Sukhen Das dead". ZeeNews, Sunday, 4 April 2004
  15. ^ "Songs of Sukhen Das". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  16. ^ "List of Movies of SUKHEN DAS". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Top movies of Sukhen Das". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Sukhen Das Bengali songs". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Sukhen Das hit songs". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Bengali movies of Sukhen Das by year". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Filmography of Sukhen Das". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Sukhen Das, Sukhen Das Movies Online, Sukhen Das Videos". Retrieved 10 September 2015.

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