Bollywood mourns the death of Rituparno Ghosh

May 31, 2013, 09:45 IST | A correspondent

The film fraternity expressed their grief over the sudden demise of the film-maker

Bipasha Basu: Landed in Coimbatore and got heartbreaking news! Ritu da has passed away! Don't want to believe it! I have such wonderful memories with him! RIP Ritu Da! It's not an age to go away! Death baffles me! It just makes you realize you can go anytime.

Speaking to MiD DAY, she said, "Rituparno Ghosh was a great film maker and fun human being. He always treated me like his little sister. I am shocked and heartbroken. Last night I was chatting with someone about him a and thought of calling him this week. 'Shob Choritro Kalponik' was one of my finest films with him."

Bipasha Basu
Bipasha Basu

Abhishek Bachchan: Absolutely shocked with the news of the passing of Ritu da. A dear friend and a great director and a wonderful human. RIP Ritu da. Had the honour of working with him in 'Antarmahal'. Such a fine director. Will really miss his exuberance and zest for the movies and life. Just realised that Ritu da was the only director that my family have all worked with individually. Pa (Amitabh Bachchan)- 'The Last Lear', Ma (Jaya Bachchan)- Sunglasses, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- 'Chokher Bali', 'Raincoat' and me- 'Antarmahal'.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: I am shocked and deeply saddened by this news. I just can't believe it! May his (Rituparno Ghosh) soul rest in peace.

Subhash Ghai: India has lost one of its finest filmmakers. He (Rituparno ghosh) was extremely sensitive and a true artist. I’m sad about his sudden demise. His films will be remembered always. May God bless his noble soul.

Parineeti Chopra: Had the honour of meeting Rituparno Ghosh this year at the National Awards. Cannot believe how unpredictable life is. RIP sir.

Karan Johar: Rituparno Ghosh. RIP. Too young to go... just does not seem fair... warm, sensitive and talented. Remember him fondly.

Akshay Kumar: Deeply saddened and numbed to hear about the unfortunate demise of the very talented, Rituparno Ghosh. Had met him on several occasions in the past for a film called 'Rahgeer', unfortunately things didn't work out. Have some fond memories of him. My thoughts and prayers with him.

Prosenjit: I'm in a state of shock. Just can't believe that Ritu da is no more with us. I have countless memories of the man. He was a true maverick and a brilliant human being. We would have long sessions of creative arguments and there were learnings to take away from all that. I have lost a friend. Ritu da has been having health issues for a while now, but we never saw this coming. He was always active, brimming with ideas and so passionate about cinema. He is one man who truly loved his job; achieved perfection in everything, absolute indomitable spirit. Cinema will never be the same without him.

Raima Sen: Rituparno ghosh was an extremely talented and well read person, a right example of one-man show. I think he was best in portraying women characters. He knew everything about his craft and was a good actor too. Rituparno would pay lot of attention on detailing of characters as he would tell me exactly where should I place my bindi and how should I tie my hair, how should I carry my costumes. I think he had that power that he could even make a tree act. He was like a family to me and used to consider me as his daughter. I always looked up to him for any advice, be it personal or professional. Whenever he would come to Mumbai, he used to stay at my house. I have learnt a lot of things from him and his talent has inspired me a lot. I was a newcomer when I did 'Chokher Bali' and remember my first emotional scene. I could not cry at all. So he stood behind the camera and started crying and I just imitated him in front of the camera. Later, while shooting with Aishwarya Rai, I was in awe of her and forgot my dialogues. Rituparno realised this even before I could tell him about it, and he asked me to do few scenes without looking at her. I have many such memories.

Rituparna Sengupta: He was like a big brother to me. He was always just a call away whenever I needed some advice. We were regularly in touch with each other. Today when I went to his house, I felt that he was sleeping with a serene smile on his face. My friends and I, who were present there tried to dress him the way he liked to. We put a turban on his head as he would always wear. When I was getting married and told him about it, he was very excited. He wrote a script of my wedding card and styled me for all the functions. Ritu da had this quality of making friends easily. People often would get confused about our names and both of us got many calls for each other in the past. He, in fact, told me that this confusion will exist till the end of our lives. I always shared a special relationship with him because he was the one who thought that I am capable of doing a film like 'Dahan'. After I won the National Award for my film, other known directors started taking me seriously. He made Bengali cinema’s presence felt on the international platform. I think it is a huge loss for the Bengali industry as well as for the nation.

Buddhadeb Dasgupta: It’s a shocking news. He (Rituparno Ghosh) was way too young. I knew him since the days even before he started out as a filmmaker. From his very first film, 'Hirer Angti', what came across about him was his absolute conviction in his work. He never chose to have the easy way by being ambiguous about issues that need to be talked about. The same was true about the way he led his life. He was openly effeminate and I remember him telling me that he wanted to leave this planet as a woman. In fact, he was planning on going through a surgery to attain womanhood. Wherever he went across India, people knew him - something you can’t say the same about all Bengali directors. He was full of life but his health issues proved costly.

Paoli Dam: I am very shocked. I reached Kolkata yesterday and was going to meet him (Rituparno Ghosh). Had even sent him a message this morning, but did not get a reply which was very unusual. I am still in a state of shock and cannot believe it. I was lucky to be directed by him in one film 'Shob Charito Kalponik'

Ajay Devgn: Shocked and saddened to hear of Rituparno Ghosh. It was geart working with him in 'Raincoat' and his way of looking at things was so different and unique.

Madhur Bhandarkar: I'm speechless and shocked to know that talented filmmaker Rituparna Ghosh has expired. I had met Ritu a couple of time, he was a very warm and humorous person. He most definitely will be missed.

Riteish Deshmukh: Saddened to hear the news of Rituparno Ghosh - was always warm and humble. Condolences to the family. RIP.

Shreya Ghoshal: So depressed since this morning. One of my most favourite director Rituparno Ghosh is no more. What an incredible director, a true genius.

Farhan Akhtar: Shocked to hear about the untimely passing of Rituparno Ghosh. RIP. Condolences to the family.

Dia Mirza: RIP Rituparno Ghosh. Condolences to the family.

Bhagyashree: A fine human being with a golden heart. RIP Rituparna Ghosh.

Shekhar Ravjiani: Rituparno Ghosh. Never met him. Have only heard of his brilliance as a director. Rest in peace.

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Shweta Pandit: Had just done a photo-shoot keeping Ritu da's movies in mind. That's how inspiring his work has been. Gonna be missed.. RIP Rituparno Ghosh.

Konkona Sen Sharma: Rituparno Ghosh, 1963 - 2013. We will remember you.

Arjun Rampal: Absolutely numbed by the saddest news of Rituparno Ghosh not being with us anymore. Loss of a dear friend, adventurous filmmaker. Who taught me so much. A bit too premature departure, will always feel your void my friend. RIP. Rituparno always with such energy and life, can't believe won't see him again. Will miss him too much.

Jackky Bhagnani: Shocked and saddened to hear about Ritu Da. It just doesn't seem right. RIP. Death is the harsh truth of life . We will miss you.

Shekhar Kapur: Shocked by passing of Rituparno Ghosh. He was dreaming of getting into what he called his 'next phase'. Hugely creative explorer on film. Every passing of a friend is a reminder to not delay your dreams. The time is not tomorrow. It is now. This moment. RIP Rituparno Ghosh

Anupam Kher: Deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden demise of Rituparno Ghosh. He directed 'Bariwali', 1st film I produced. Have amazing memories of him. Rituparno Ghosh had called few months back. Offered great role. Was looking forward to working with him. One of the finest directors of our times. He had great sense of humour and a brilliant understanding of human behaviour. Will miss him and his cinema. RIP my friend.

Divya Dutta: Shocked to hear about Ritu da! Not sinking in! Fondest memories of working wth him in 'The Last Lear'! RIP

Shoojit Sircar: I am just devastated hearing the news of Rituparno Ghosh

Manoj Bajpayee: Sad to hear about the passing off a very dynamic talented Rituparno Ghosh.RIP. Will miss you my friend!

Neha Dhupia: Sad to hear the news... RIP Rituparno Ghosh. My condolences to the family.

Kunal Kohli: Sad and shocking to hear about Rituparno Ghosh. RIP

Rohit Roy: Just heard about Ritu da. This is unbelievable. Just spoke to him a couple of days back to say I'm coming to Kolkata for my release. A lot of dreams unfulfilled. Am sure he had so much more to give to cinema. Gone far to early. Rituparno Ghosh-RIP

Onir: Shocked and still hoping that its not true. Film maker and friend Rituparno Ghosh is no more. Apparently had a massive heart attack.

Kabir Bedi: Stunned by Rituparno Ghosh's tragic passing. A phenomenally creative director! We'd discussed a Tagore project. RIP

Sophie Choudry: Very sad news. RIP Rituparno Ghosh. A wonderful storyteller, filmmaker gone too soon.

Aftab Shivdasani: RIP renonwned Bengali film maker Rituparno Ghosh. Condolences and prayers for his family.

Ehsaan Noorani: RIP Rituparno Ghosh. Sad we never worked together...

Celina Jaitly: Absolutely shocked and numb to hear Ritu da (legendary filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh) passed away a few hours ago.

Tara Sharma Saluja: Terribly sad to hear Rituparno Ghosh passed and way too soon A legendary filmmaker and a lovely person Worked wth him for a day on 'Mumbai Cutting'.

Ranganathan Madhavan: Oh God. Saddened to hear of the untimely demise of a very learned man and one of my directors Rituparno Ghosh. RIP my friend.

Siddharth: Rituparno Ghosh. 49. Gone too soon. Great film maker. Warm, kind person. Terrible tragedy. RIP.

Munmun Dutta: It's more than shocking for me to know that Rituparno Ghosh is no more. Shocking beyond belief!

Aashka Goradia: RIP Rituparno Ghosh

Debina Bonnerjee Choudhary: Rituparno Ghosh no more. Can't believe. I'm at a loss of word. Such a huge loss to the film industry. Can't say anything.

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