KOLKATA — Celebrated writer Suchitra Bhattacharya, many of whose books had been made into cult Bengali films including 'Dahan', died at her south Kolkata residence this midnight, her family members said.
Bhattacharya, who was born in 1960 in Bihar, was busy with her next puja fiction even this evening but suddenly felt sick after dinner and was declared dead by her family physician at around 10:45 pm, the family member said.
She was diagnosed as having suffered a massive cardiac arrest, the attending doctor said after declaring her dead at around 10:45 pm.
A pall of gloom descended over the literary and artiste fraternity as news of her sudden death spread with Tollywood celebrities, including Rituparna Sengupta rushing to her south Kolkata residence.
I am too numbed to say anything. She was nothing less than a mother, Rituparna, having brought to life a number of Suchitra s literary works including Dahan by Rituparno Ghosh and Aleek Sukh by Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay, said sobbing.
Shiboprosad, who had directed a number of Suchitra s popular novels including Ramdhanu, said he was rushing to Kolkata from Bolpur after getting the news at around 11 pm.
Contemporary writer Bani Basu and young writer Tilottama Majumder also condoled the death and expressed the truth was yet to sink in.
Suchitra s last rites will be performed on arrival of her daughter from outside the state tomorrow.
Suchitra penned over 20 novels including Dahan, Kachher Manush, Hemonter Pakhi, Aleek Shukh most turning best sellers in Bengali literature and being popular among the new generation women as well as others.
She had received several literary awards.