The ailing film icon is responding to chest physiotherapy. Non-invasive ventilation support is not required at the moment, though she is on constant oxygen via nasal tube.

"As long as she is dependent on oxygen, she can't be said to be out of danger. She might start eating normally (orally) today, we are discussing that option," Subir Mondal, a doctor of the seven-member medical team treating the actress at the Belle Vue Clinic here, said.

Sen, who was admitted to the hospital three weeks back, was being fed through ryles tube.

Her actress daughter Moon Moon, son-in-law and granddaughters - actresses Riya and Raima - are at the nursing home.

The 82-year-old initially suffered chest infection, and was undergoing treatment for it at the nursing home since December 23 last year. Her condition worsened on the night of December 28.

Following complications, Sen was put on non-invasive ventilation on January 3.

Sen, who ruled the Bengali cinema for decades, has been a recluse ever since she quit acting over three decades ago.

Known for her power-packed performances in highly acclaimed Bengali films such as ‘Deep Jwele Jaai’ and ‘Uttar Falguni’ as well as Hindi movies ‘Devdas’, ‘Bombai Ka Babu’, ‘Mamta’ and ‘Aandhi’, she has been dubbed as Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema.

She won the best actress award for ‘Saat Paake Bandha’ at the Moscow Film Festival in 1963.


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