Kolkata, May 30 (): Highly praised Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh, who directed films such as The Last Lear, Unishe April, Raincoat and winner of 12 national as well as some international awards died following a massive cardiac arrest in Kolkata on Thursday. He was 49.
Ghosh was suffering from pancreatitis and died of heart attack at 7.30 am. As news of his death spread, many film actors and actresses crowded his residence to pay their last respects.
Rituparno Ghosh has won 12 national awards for his films. His actors have bagged awards for being shaped by the director’s hands, moreover his sharp and bold dialogues have also won several best screenplay awards. Dahan, Raincoat, Antarmahal and Chokher Bali have also been nominated for prestigious international awards.
The famous filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh brought back cinematic narrative of Bengal from the more popular to the serious and thought-provoking.
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Ghosh was the son of a documentary filmmaker and began his career in advertising. His directorial debut was Heerer Angti (The Diamond Ring) in 1992.
In 1994, came Unishe April (19th of April), a path breaking movie in Bengal. The movie explored the relationship between a mother and a daughter; the inability of the mother to understand the silence of her daughter and the bitterness of the daughter towards her mother who was never really there for her. Ghosh adapted the film from Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata. Gradually the mother and daughter unlock decades of repressed feelings, bringing daughter Aditi to face the question: ‘Will she be able to forgive her mother?’
Bringing a great change in the making of cinemas, Ghosh made films like Dahan, Bariwali, Asukh, Utsab, Shubho Mahurat between 1997 and 2003 with a variety of stars both from Bengal and other states.
Most films of the director probed into human desires and weaknesses, attempting with success to bring about an intense clarity at the end.