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'Ritu wanted to discuss a film with me after I returned from Cannes'

Amitabh Bachchan joined the country’s film fraternity to express shock and grief at the death of acclaimed filmmaker, Rituparno Ghosh, who passed away in Kolkata yesterday. The actor, who has acted in Ghosh’s The Last Lear in 2007, said the entire Bachchan family was grieving the loss.

Rituparno Ghosh and Amitabh Bachchan
Rituparno Ghosh and Amitabh Bachchan talk lines during the production of The Last Lear in 2007. Bachchan said he was shocked to hear of the director’s sudden demise

Bachchan recalled that Rituparno Ghosh was keen on working in another movie with him. “Just weeks back Ritu had called me and told me that he has a subject and he wants me to act in it. He said that we would discuss it after you come back from Cannes. And now I hear this. Such a talented young man, He was just 49. It is a terrible loss, he was such a fine filmmaker. I did hear that he has been ailing from pancreatic disease but medicine takes care of a lot of things these days. It is very, very sad.”

The multiple national award winning filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh has worked individually with each member of the Bachchan family. He worked with Jaya Bachchan in Sunglass, with Aishwarya in Chokher Bali and Raincoat and Abhishek in Antarmahal. “I messaged Abhishek, Aishwarya and Jaya in the morning and they were also shocked. All three are out of the country. Jaya had this equation with him where they would discuss and argue about films,” said Bachchan.

“It is so strange that just yesterday Sujoy Ghosh (the director of Kahaani) and I were discussing him. Sujoy just came back from Kolkata after shooting with Ritu,” added Bachchan. Ghosh is making his acting debut in Rituparno Ghosh’s film and was playing Byomkesh Bakshi, a popular fictional detective in Bengali literature.

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