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Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen (née Dasgupta) (Bengali: অপর্ণা সেন Ôporna Shen; born 25 October 1945) is a critically acclaimed Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress.
She is the winner of three National Film Awards and eight international film festival awards. 

Aparna Sen was born in Calcutta to a Bengali family, originally from East Bengal (now Bangladesh). Her father is the veteran critic and filmmaker Chidananda Dasgupta. Her mother Supriya Dasgupta is the cousin of renowned Bengali poet Jibanananda Das. She spent her childhood in Hazaribagh and Kolkata and had her schooling initially in South Point and later mostly in Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata.

She studied her B.A. English honors in Presidency College.

She met the Magnum photographer, Brian Brake, in Kolkata in 1961 when he was visiting India to photograph his Monsoon series. Brake used Sen as the model for what was to become one of his most well known photographs — a shot of a girl holding her face to the first drops of monsoon rain.

Sen has been married three times. Her first marriage, to Sanjay Sen, was when she was quite young. Her second husband was the science writer and journalist, Mukul Sharma. They later divorced amicably. Sen is presently married to Kalyan Ray, an author and professor of English who teaches at County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey, in the United States. She has two daughters, Kamalini and Konkona—who is also an actress—and two grandchildren zakir and haroon.

In 1986, the then President of India, Giani Zail Singh bestowed the Padma Shri to Sen in recognition of her contribution to Indian cinema.

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

Aparna Sen is a Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress

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