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Indian cinema @100: The girls next door

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Devdas (1955): A role played by many actresses, including Aishwarya Rai, Paro is the ultimate girl-next-door, who puts honour and pride over love. Bengali superstar Suchitra Sen's portrayal of Paro, her first Hindi film role, is our top pick. Dilip Kumar played the lovelorn Devdas in Bimal Roy's version of the film. Vyjayanthimala played Chandramukhi and turned down a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress award.

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