Renowned filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh passes away

Kolkata, May 30: Noted filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh died on Thursday due to cardiac arrest at his south Kolkata residence. He was 49.

Winner of 12 national and some international awards, Ghosh was suffering from pancreatitis and died of heart attack at 7.30 am, his family said.

Ghosh shot to fame by his direction of a children's film 'Hirer Angti' in 1994. His film 'Unishe April' won national award winner in 1995.

His other widely acclaimed films include 'Dahan', 'Asukh', 'Chokher Bali', 'Raincoat', 'Bariwali', 'Antarmahal' and 'Noukadubi'.

Information & Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari expressed his sadness over the untimely demise.

"Tragic to lose a creative person- RituParno Ghosh That too when he still had lot to contribute. My profound condolences," Tewari said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled death of renowned film-maker Rituparno Ghosh, saying it was a very sad day for Bengal.

"We are stunned. In his sudden demise, Bengal has lost an eminent filmmaker. It is a very sad day for us," Banerjee, who visited Ghosh's residence, said.

To enable people to pay their last respect to the director, his body would be kept at Nandan film complex from 3.30 PM to 6 PM, she said. Thereafter, the body would be taken to the Tollygunj Technician studio before cremation, the chief minister said.

State industry minister Partho Chattopadhyay said Ghosh was a great genius and the gap left after his death would not be easy to fill up

Education minister and theatre personality Bratya Basu said he was rendered "speechless" by the news and the loss was a personal one.

Basu said he was a pioneer not only as a director and actor, but also in his contribution to society, noting that with his films like 'Heerer Angti' and 'Unishe April' he had created a new genre of films in Bengal.

As an actor, his path-breaking role of a transgender in 'Chitrangada' portrayed the plight of a section of people which had remained neglected by society.

Same sex relations, a taboo in Bengali society although accepted in the West, was for the first time revealed through his life and work and invested with a rare dignity for the first time in Bengali society, the minister said.

As news of his death spread, a pall of gloom descended on Tollywood.

Raima Sen, grand daughter of legendary Suchitra Sen, said she was indebted to "Rituda" to give the turning point in her career.

"Rituda gave the turning point to my career in the film 'Chokher Bali'. He was more than a director to me; he was almost a part of our family. He was a unmeasurable genius," she said.

Fellow national award winning director Kaushik Ganguly said he was left shattered by the news.

Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee deeply mourned Ghosh's death, saying, "I cannot believe that Rituparna is no more. It is very difficult to accept this news. We lost a very promising film director at a very early age."

Many film actors and actresses thronged his residence to pay their last respects.

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