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Rituparno Ghosh dies: Gun salute before cremation

May 31, 2013
01:26 (IST)
Watch: The legacy of Rituparno Ghosh
For lakhs of his fans, Rituparno Ghosh was the finest filmmaking talent in Bengal; someone who probably would have ended up as a legend someday. But the life of one of India's most talented film directors has been cut short, leaving the entire film fraternity stunned.
May 31, 2013
00:51 (IST)
He was the Yash Chopra of Bengali cinema, says Amitabh Bachchan
May 31, 2013
00:50 (IST)
Filmmaker Mrinal Sen at the funeral
May 31, 2013
00:28 (IST)
Actress Rituparna Sengupta attends Rituparno Ghosh's funeral in Kolkata
May 31, 2013
00:19 (IST)
We have lost a jewel of Indian cinema. To make films was like breathing to him, Rituparno Gosh has contributed a lot to the Indian cinema, says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt

May 30, 2013
21:24 (IST)
Rituparno Ghosh cremated with state honours
May 30, 2013
21:15 (IST)
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was accompanied by her ministerial colleagues Arup Biswas, Boby Hakim and Bratyo Basu, a theatre personality himself, who broke down.
May 30, 2013
19:59 (IST)
Rituparno Ghosh received a gun salute at Siridhi crematorium. Mamata Banerjee, who was at the late director's house this morning, is also present at the crematorium.
May 30, 2013
19:46 (IST)
Acclaimed director Gautam Ghose on his way to pay his last tributes to Rituparno Ghosh. "I couldn't believe my ears when I was told this morning that Ritu is no more. He cannot go this way...I can't yet believe he is no more around."
May 30, 2013
19:35 (IST)
Rituparno Ghosh's body has been taken to Siridhi crematorium from Technicians Studio. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the studio.


May 30, 2013
18:46 (IST)
Rituparno Ghosh's body has now been taken from Nandan to Technicians Studio.
May 30, 2013
17:33 (IST)
People turn up in massive numbers in Kolkata to catch the final glimpse of its favourite director
May 30, 2013
17:30 (IST)
Rituparno's body, currently in Kolkata's state-run theatre Nandan, will be taken to Technicians Studio later this evening:


May 30, 2013
17:29 (IST)
The director makes his journal journey:


May 30, 2013
16:52 (IST)
Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien tweeted:



With this picture:

May 30, 2013
16:46 (IST)
Rituparno Ghosh's body has been taken to Nandan, Kolkata's state-run movie theatre, for mourners to pay their last respects.
May 30, 2013
16:38 (IST)
Abhishek Bachchan tweets:











May 30, 2013
16:31 (IST)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, star of Rituparno Ghosh's Chokher Bali and Raincoat, said from London: I am shocked and deeply saddened by this news. I just don't believe it. May his soul rest in peace
May 30, 2013
14:40 (IST)

May 30, 2013
14:27 (IST)

Manish Tewari, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said  in a condolence message, "I am deeply shocked by the tragic and premature death of Shri Ghosh. He was a creative genius who gave a new dimension to film making with every film that he was associated with. His films always left a deep imprint on minds of the audiences who were captivated by the honest portrayal of human emotions. Cinema has lost a visionary, as Shri Ghosh was always innovative and bold in undertaking new themes for his films. His death has left a void which will be very difficult to fill. I pray to God that his family gathers the necessary strength to overcome this crisis."

May 30, 2013
14:06 (IST)
Rituparno Ghosh's last completed film was the acclaimed Chitrangada (2012) which won a special jury award this year at the National Film Awards. The semi-autobiographical film tells the story of a choreographer preparing for a performance of Tagore's dance-drama Chitrangada while dealing with gender and identity. Rituparno wrote, directed and starred in the movie.
May 30, 2013
13:45 (IST)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starred in two of Rituparno's films: Chokher Bali (2003) and Raincoat (2004):


May 30, 2013
13:40 (IST)
Noted Kannada filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli said, "He never compromised in quality. We have lost a great character in the Indian film context."
May 30, 2013
13:15 (IST)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said "Bengal has lost a golden director." She also said that Rituparno Ghosh's body would be taken to Nandan, Kolkata's state-run cinema hall, for mourners to pay their last respects.
May 30, 2013
13:00 (IST)
Just two days ago, Rituparno Ghosh tweeted about his latest film:


May 30, 2013
12:58 (IST)
In 2003, Rituparno directed Chokher Bali, the film that brought him national prominence. Chokher Bali starred Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Bengali tour de force Prosenjit. Actress Raima Sen featured in a star-making role. The film, based on Tagore's novel, won a National Award and Aishwarya's performance as a young widow in colonial Bengal was singled out for praise.
May 30, 2013
12:45 (IST)

May 30, 2013
12:43 (IST)
Among Rituparno Ghosh's most acclaimed films was 1997's Dahan, starring actresses Indrani Haldar and Rituparna Sengupta. They shared the National Award for Best Actress for their performances as a victim of molestation and a teacher who rushes to help.
May 30, 2013
12:40 (IST)

May 30, 2013
12:19 (IST)
Actress Kirron Kher, who starred in Rituparno's Bariwali, called him "the most prolific writer-director." She also described him as a very complex character, "very lonely at one level and friends with everyone at another level."
May 30, 2013
12:17 (IST)
Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien described Rituparno Ghosh's death as "a loss for advertising, Indian and international cinema."
May 30, 2013
12:13 (IST)
Rituparno Ghosh's first film as director was 1994's Hirer Angti starring Moon Moon Sen. His second film was the acclaimed Unishe April (1995) starring Aparna Sen and Debashree Roy. Unishe April won the National Award for Best Feature FIlm
May 30, 2013
11:50 (IST)
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visits the home of Rituparno Ghosh

May 30, 2013
11:38 (IST)
May 30, 2013
11:30 (IST)
People outside Rituparno Ghosh's home in Kolkata

May 30, 2013
11:26 (IST)
Winner of 12 national and some international awards, Mr Ghosh was suffering from pancreatitis and died of heart attack at 7.30 am, his family said.

May 30, 2013
11:26 (IST)
Noted filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh today died of cardiac arrest at his south Kolkata residence. He was 49.