Born on 31st August 1963, Rituparno Ghosh would have turned 50 today, hadn’t he met his untimely death on 30th May. Celebrated as the man who would bring human relationships to life, Ghosh presented us with a vast collection of films that glorified womanhood and sensitively portrayed the role of women in society. In his last few years of directing, Ghosh also explored the terrain of homosexuality and gender.
Considered to be an iconic director in India, he ushered the film lovers with a collection of fine cinema, presenting films such as Raincoat, The Last Lear, Sob Choritra Kalponik, Memories in March and Chitrangada. And undoubtedly, he has seen his share of awards and recognitions. In his two decade long film career, he has won 12 national awards as well as a bunch of awards and nominations from the biggest, most prestigious film gatherings around the world.
Besides being one of the finest directors in Bengali cinema, Rituparno Ghosh was also an actor, a copywriter, an editor, a talk show host and an avid follower of Tagore. Before moving into film, he had started his career as a copywriter at Response India advertising agency, where he was the pioneer to initiate advertising campaigns in Bengali. He also worked as an editor for the Bengali film magazine Anandolok, from 1997 to 2004 and played the same role in another Bengali magazine Robbar of Sambad Protidin from 2006 till his death. Considering his acting career, Rituparno Ghosh made his debut in the Oriya film Katha Deithili Ma Ku, by Himangshu Parija and went on to act in two Bengali films in 2011, Arekti Premer Golpo by Kaushik Ganguly and Memories in March, by Sanjoy Nag. He also played one of the main roles in his last film to be released Chitrangada, which was released exactly a year ago and based on Rabindranath Tagore’s work of the same name.
Rituparno Ghosh had been working on his last film Satyanweshi, based on the famous Bengali literary icon Byomkesh Bakshi. Produced by Shree Venkatesh Films, Satyanweshi features Bollywood director Sujoy Ghosh as the sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi and casts Anindya Chatterjee, Arpita Chatterjee, Shibaji Bandopadhay and Indraneil Sengupta in key roles in the film which is all set to release on the 6th of September.