Rituparno Ghosh (31 August 1963 – 30 May 2013) was a well-read person and the winner of 12 National Film awards in just two decades of his career. He was an India film director who also wrote for his films, both plots and lyrics. Before he started his filming career, he worked for an advertising company. With his hard work and success in initiating campaigns in Kolkata, he received recognition for the first time in his life.
He came to film industry with his debut film Hirer Angti in 1992. The very next film earned him the national award for Best Feature Film in 1994. The film’s name was Unishe April that featured notable actors and actresses like Aparna Sen, Debashree Roy, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Deepankar De.
Rituparno Ghosh was born on 31 August 1963 in Kolkata. His father, Sunil Ghosh, was a documentary filmmaker and painter. He earned a degree in Economics from Jadavpur University.
There are many sides of his life which may cause some to raise their eyebrows. But he was a man of such talent that he made everyone to respect him. He was so bold that he did not fear come out and announce his sexuality openly. We should not forget that India does not allow the ‘subculture’ of homosexuality.
Similarly, Karan Johar could not utter the three words that would define his sexuality. However, he said in his biography ‘The Unsuitable Boy’, `Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don`t need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won`t only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this.’
Apart from his filming and advertising career, he hosted two celebrity chat shows and was also the editor of a Bengali magazine until the last day of his life.
His inspiration was other Bengali personalities like Satyajit Ray and Rabindranath Tagore.
After a massive heart attack, Rituparno Ghosh died at the age of 49 on May 30, 2013, in Kolkata.
Today is his fifth death anniversary. The Bengali film industry will remember this elegant person with the utmost respect.