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Rituparno's death huge loss for LGBT community: Onir

Ghosh died on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, said industry sources. He was 49.

Onir
Onir

The acclaimed Bengali filmmaker, who has movies like 'Chokher Bali', 'Antarmahal' and 'Dosar' to his credit, was also known for his cross-dressing style and fascination for make-up.

Renowned Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh passes away

Bollywood mourns the death of Rituparno Ghosh

“Very, very sad that the man whose every frame spoke of cinematic beauty and gave a new identity to New Wave Bengali Cinema is no more,” tweeted 44-year-old Onir whose debut film 'My Brother...Nikhil' dealt with AIDS and gay-related issues.

“His passing away will be a big loss not only to lovers of cinema and art, but a huge loss to the LGBT community,” he tweeted.

In fact, in director Sanjoy Nag's 'Memories In March', Ghosh stepped in front of the camera to play a gay who loses his partner.

Onir also remembers Ghosh as a friend with huge knowledge not only of cinema but literature.

“Last met him at the day of the National Awards. He was radiant and happy like a child. When one stepped into his house... every corner spoke of an artist. Admired his knowledge of literature and cinema” he tweeted.

Onir says that Ghosh also wanted him to do a film with Madhuri Dixit and Nana Patekar.

“The last time we met we spoke of doing a project together. He wanted me to direct a story idea by him with him, Madhuri and Nana Patekar,” he tweeted.

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