MUMBAI: Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, the bold film industry who portrayed human and sexual relationships on the big screen in a very different and sensitive way, died of heart attack in Kolkata on Thursday.
A bachelor, the 49-year-old filmmaker was suffering from pancreatitis. Unabashed about his sexuality, Ghosh in fact played the role of gay characters in a few of his films.
Beginning his career in advertising, he shifted to filmmaking in 1992 when he produced his first Bengali film Hirer Angti.
A versatile genius who was born on August 31, 1963, Ghosh grabbed the limelight with his 1994 Bengali feature film Unishe April which won the National Award that year.
He went on to win 12 National Awards with his Bengali films such as Dahan, Abohoman, Asukh, Shob Charitro Kalponik, Bariwali, Shubho Mahurat”, Chokher Bali, Utsab and Dosar.
Rituparno’s films were also lapped up by the western audiences. Bariwali, which featured Kirron Kher, won the NETPAC award in 2000 at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Apart from directing two Hindi films – Raincoat (2004) and Sunglass (2009) – Ghosh also made the award-winning The Last Lear – his only English film in 2007 – that starred the Big B Amitabh Bachchan.
Chitrangda (2012), in which he also acted, was one of his last films.