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Rituparno Ghosh was a torchbearer of new wave Bengali cinema
The torchbearer of modern new wave Bengali cinema Rituparno Ghosh died of cardiac arrest at his south Kolkata residence on May 30 at the age of 49. He was reportedly suffering from pancreatitis.

Born and brought up in Kolkata, Rituparno Ghosh went to Kolkata’s South Point High School and then studied economics from Jadavpur University in Kolkata. His father was a documentary film maker so his inclination toward the world of cinema started at an early age.

Rituparno Ghosh started his career in advertisement but he shot to fame with a children’s film named “Hirer Angti” (Diamond Ring) directed by him in 1994. Next year, in 1995 his film “Unishe April” bought his national recognition and the National Award in the best film category, reported the Indian Express.

Ghosh’s other widely acclaimed films include “Dahan”, “Asukh”, “Chokher Bali”, “Raincoat”, “Bariwali”, “Antarmahal” and “Noukadubi”. He played an important role in the revival of the film industry post the nineties with his arty and sensitive films. He glorified women and their inner feelings, passions and sufferings through his works. He won 12 national film awards. His last release was ‘Chitrangada’, a modern take on Rabindranath Tagore’s tale of the same name. The film won the special jury award at the 60th National Film Awards.

Rituparno Ghosh made his acting debut with an Oriya movie Katha Deithilli Ma Ku in the year 2003. Later he acted in films like Arekti Premer Golpo and Memories In March. He made a successful foray into television as the host of two celebrity chat shows and as a script writer of a popular Bengali soap Gaaner Opare.

Rituparno Ghosh not only played an important role in bringing world audience to Bengali cinema but also made significant contribution to Hindi cinema with Raincoat, The Last Lear and many others. He directed actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kirron Kher etc.

Ghosh’s 20th film “Satyanewshi” was about to release later this year, for which he was planning post production works. Just two day before his tragic death he tweeted; “Wrapped up the shoot of Satyanewshi, a crime thriller in the molten glow of the pensive falling afternoon.

Many film actors and actresses thronged his residence to pay their last respects. West Bengal chief minister along with other cabinet ministers also went to Rituparno’s residence to pay their homage.

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