New Delhi: Renowned filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh died on Thursday of cardiac arrest at his south Kolkata residence. He was 49.

Winner of 12 national and some international awards, Ghosh was suffering from pancreatitis and died of heart attack at 7.30 am, his family said. Last year, he bagged the National Award in Best Director category for Bengali film Abohoman.

Ghosh shot to fame by his direction of a children's film 'Hirer Angti' in 1994. His film 'Unishe April' won national award in 1995. His other widely acclaimed films include 'Dahan', 'Asukh', 'Chokher Bali', 'Raincoat', 'Bariwali', 'Antarmahal' and 'Noukadubi'.

Soumitra Chatterjee, Bengali actor, deeply mourned Ghosh's death, saying, "I cannot believe that Rituparna is no more. It is very difficult to accept this news. We lost a very promising film director at a very early age."

Prominent personalities mourn demise of Rituparno Ghosh

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: Rituparno Ghosh had great sense of humour. He had a brilliant understanding of human behaviour. Will miss him and his cinema. RIP my Friend.

Narendra Modi: Saddened to hear about unfortunate demise of Rituparno Ghosh. He will be remembered for his brilliant filmmaking. May his soul rest in peace.

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.

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

Derek O’Brien: A friend for 30 years. A neighbour. A buddy from our days in advertising. A champ director. My wife's favourite Kolkatan. Rituparno Ghosh. Gone too soon.

Divya Dutta: Shocked to hear about rituda! Not sinking in! fondest memories of working with him in the Last Lear! RIP

Manoj Bajpayee: Sad to hear about the passing of a very dynamic talented rituparno ghosh. #RIP will miss you my friend!

Arvind Swami: Saddened and shocked to hear that Rituparno Ghosh has passed away at such a young age. A great loss for Indian Cinema.

Rohit Roy: A lot of dreams unfulfilled... Am sure he had so much more to give to cinema.... Gone far too early:-(  Rituparno Ghosh—RIP


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