Rituparno Ghosh, one of the most talented young film directors of the country, died at his home in Kolkata around 7.30am on Thursday. The multiple awards winning filmmaker was 49. Ghosh was suffering from disease of the pancreas. The director died in his sleep. Members of his family discovered his death around 8am.
As soon as the news of noted filmmaker Rituparno's demise spread, Twitter was abuzz with people from all walks of life lamenting the loss to Indian filmmaking.
@IamOnir: His passing away will be a big loss not only to lovers of cinema and art , but a huge loss to the LGBT community #Rituparno
Last met him at the day of the National awards. he was radiant and happy like a child . #Rituparno
Will be leaving Kolkata in a bit. Next time I come here there will one warm soul missing. #Rituparno
@shekharkapur: 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 2 not delay your dreams. The time is not tomorrow. It is now. This moment. RIP Rituparno Ghosh
Anupam Kher reminisced the filmmaker's understanding of human behaviour and wrote:
@AnupamPkher: Rituparno Ghosh had great sense of humour. He had a brilliant understanding of human behaviour. Will miss him and his cinema. RIP my Friend.
Actress Parineeti Chopra laments:
@ParineetiChopra: Had the honour of meeting Rituporna Ghosh this year at the National Awards. Cannot believe how unpredictable life is. RIP sir.
Bipasha Basu wrote:
@bipsluvurself">: Rip Ritu Da!It's not an age to go away!Death baffles me!It just makes you realize u can go anytime.
Filmmaker Sudhir Misra remembers the vast range of cinema Rituparno offered:
@IAmSudhirMishra: He went on 2make a range of films all of which displayed a deep affection for human beings n a wondrful grasp of d ironical nature of life.
Filmmaker Karan Johar:
@kjohar25: Rituporno Ghosh....RIP...too young to go....just does not seem fair...warm,sensitive and talented...remember him fondly....
Fans reacting to the sad demise:
@nartim12: Shocked to hear of #Rituparno Ghosh’s passing!! A hugely talented Writer, Director. Such a loss to the world of Art&Culture. RIP Diva
@jiyokaka: Aaj "Utsab" karar din noi kenona aaj "Hirer Angti" chole gelen. Eto taratari "Khela" shesh korben bhabini...#rituparno