National Award winner Rituparno Ghosh dies of cardiac arrest

Kolkata, May 30: Multiple National Award winner Rituparno Ghosh passed away due to massive cardiac arrest in his Kolkata residence Thursday morning. 49 year old Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh was suffering from pancreatitis.

As the news of death of Ghosh spread, Shocked colleagues and friends gathered at the home. Rituparno Ghosh had made 19 films and won 12 National Awards.

He began his film career in 1994. and got his first National Film Award for Best Feature Film for ‘Unishe April’. He had got award his 12 films out of which some are ‘Dahan’, ‘Utsab’, ‘Dosor’, ‘The Last Lear’,’Shob Charitro Kalponik’ and ‘Abohoman’. He had also teamed up with Aishwarya Rai for ‘Chokher Bali’ and ‘Raincoat’. ‘Chokher Bali’ that also starred Prosenjit and Raima Sen won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali while ‘Raincoat’ featuring Ajay Devgn won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

In 2012 at September, Ghosh had expressed his take on India’s official entry to the Oscars. He lamented how regional cinema, including his own, was ignored for such honours. Ghosh was adjudged the ‘big director of decade’ by the public in the ‘Big Bangla Movie Awards 2010’.

Thanking the audience for the award at a programme, Ghosh said he was touched to hear that the choice was unanimous.

Ghosh said in an interview, “If somebody had influenced me to become a filmmaker, it was Ray. He set a masculine prototype for film directors. People were proud of his height and his English. People (like me) who wear danglers and kajol to parties (were regarded) as an insult to Ray.”

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