President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the death of Suchitra Sen saying the film industry has lost a highly talented and acclaimed actress.
"Suchitra Sen shall always be remembered by her countless fans for her versatile acting which brought life into the celluloid characters she played in films.
The film industry has lost a highly talented and acclaimed actress who played memorable roles in a number of Bengali as well as Hindi films, he said.
"She shall always be remembered by her countless fans for her versatile acting which brought life into the celluloid characters she played in films."
Terming her as a legendary actress who ruled Bengali cinema for decades, the President said, "Her powerful roles in films were highly acclaimed and will be remembered by generations of film lovers.
"During her illustrious career she was not only a recipient of Padma Shri Award but also became the first Bengali actress who was awarded 'Best Actress Award' at an international film festival."
He said that her sad demise is a huge loss to the Indian film industry, particularly Bengali cinema.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also joined other political leaders to condole the death of actress Suchitra Sen, saying she had "graceful cinematic presence."
"Sen had carved a special niche in the hearts of millions of Indians through her graceful cinematic presence. She was one of the first Indian artistes to win an international award at Moscow in 1963," PM said in his condolence message.
"Sen's versatility and range of performances, in a career spanning nearly three decades, mark a unique contribution to Indian cinema, and to Bengali films in particular," he added.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the death of Sen marked the end of a legend.
"Today is a sad day for all of us. With her passing away we have lost a colossal figure," Banerjee who rushed to the hospital on hearing the news, said.
"Her family wants a quiet funeral arrangement for her. We need your cooperation to respect their wish," she said.
She appealed to everybody to respect the family's wish and maintain peace.
Sen's funeral will take place at Keoratala Crematorium in south Kolkata and a gun salute will be accorded to the legendary actress, she said.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Sen leaves behind a "cinematic legacy".
"Versatile bengali actress Suchitra Sen leaves behind a cinematic legacy. Another gem of Indian Cinema has left us, RIP," Tewari said.
The legendary actress, who died in Kolkata at the age of 82 following a heart attack, was also remembered by BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Modi tweeted: "RIP Suchitra Sen. In her, we have lost a fine actress who leaves behind a monumental contribution to both Hindi and Bengali cinema."
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said Sen was "a woman of dignity and an actress par excellence".
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote, "Suchitra Sen, your contribution in Hindi-Bangla films will always be remembered. Om Shanti."
CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat expressed deep sorrow, saying Sen's portrayal is embedded in the hearts of her fans forever.
"Suchitra Sen won our hearts with her sensitive acting. She will never go away from our hearts," Brinda said here.
"I am deeply sad at her demise," she said in her condolence message.
West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan mourned her death, saying an era has ended in Indian cinema.
"I am deeply grieved to learn about the sad demise of Smt Suchitra Sen, the most popular actress of Bengali cinema, and acclaimed as the 'Greata Garbo' of the Indian screen," Narayanan said in a statement.
He said her acting cast a spell on everyone of her vast screen following.
With her death, an era has ended in Indian cinema, the Governor said, adding, "I convey my heartfelt condolences to her bereaved family and innumerable admirers."
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed deep sorrow at Sen's death.
Kumar in his condolence message said that Sen had immensely contributed to Hindi and Bengali movies for three decades.
She was the first woman actress to win an international award in Moscow in 1963, the Bihar CM said.