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When Tollywood came to a standstill

regional-movies Updated: Jan 19, 2014 11:30 IST
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On a typical Friday, NT1 studio at Tollygunge would be bustling with activity. But this Friday it was different.

Studios wore a deserted look and work came to a halt soon after the news of Suchitra’s death spread.

"We stopped all work as soon as we heard that Suchitra Sen had passed away. This is our tribute to her,” said a spokesperson of NT1. He also added that the shooting of a film, supposed to be conducted at the studio, was stalled too.

Actor Riju Biswas said, “We stopped shooting at around 11 am. It’s a great loss for the film industry and no matter which age group we belong to, she is an idol for everyone. We are not shooting. We have to shoot on Sunday to make up for the time but it doesn’t matter. It’s a mark of respect to the actress and so, it’s worth shooting on a Sunday."

Meanwhile, the team of Ashok Pati’s new film, starring Subhashree and Ankush, presently shooting in Darjeeling, observed a moment of silence as a mark of tribute to the



A number of Tollywood and television actors were spotted at the funeral procession of


at Keoratala burning ghat on Friday afternoon.


solemnly stood by the family - Moon Moon and Sen’s granddaughters Raima and Riya - during the last rites.

Flanking him was heart-throb Dev, who watched the proceedings silently with his head bowed down.

Rana Moitra of West Bengal Motion Picture Artists Forum, who was present at the ghat, said, “The moment we heard the news, we declared that the shooting will be stopped till the last rites are performed. There were massive restrictions at Keoratala burning ghat and I am glad that her last wish — that her face shouldn’t be shown to the world — was respected. Many actors and technicians called me and expressed a desire to come to the burning ghat. We are also planning to come up with a condolence programme soon,” he said.