The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Sunday (May 4) passed a judgement clearing all legal hurdles to reclaim late Bengali actor Suchitra Sen’s ancestral home from a trust in the Pabna district of Bangladesh, with the intention of turning it into a museum.
The late actor’s daughter, Moon Moon Sen, is happy with the verdict, but concedes that she’s never visited the place herself.
Daughters Raima and Riya Sen campaign for their mother Moon Moon Sen. (Agencies)
Moon Moon believes that Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, and people living in the district made the verdict possible. "The President was trying to get it done for some time, and there is a group of people living in the district who have been pushing for it. It’s a great idea. I hope my daughters (Riya and Raima Sen) and I can go and contribute to the museum,” she says, adding, “If I’m invited, I’d love to fly down."
Currently, the Imam Gazzali Trust, backed by Jamaat-e-Islami, occupies the house.
According to Dhaka-based newspaper, The Daily Star, the organisation runs a kindergarten on the premises.
Moon Moon recalls that her mother used to talk about her ancestral place, "She was maybe two- or three-years-old when she lived there. She used to keep in touch with people (acquaintances) who lived there, and they would send her pictures of the house. That used to make her happy."
Riya adds, "I think Bangladesh is a great place for her museum, because they adore her there… It’s a great show of respect."