Kolkata, May 30: Acclaimed Bengali film director Rituparno Ghosh passed away here on Thursday morning after suffering a massive heart attack. He was suffering from pancreatic ailment for some time. Ghosh was 49.
His first film was Hirer Angti (The diamond ring), which was released in 1994. He first came into prominence with Unishe April,also released in the same year.
Ghosh had received 12 national and many international awards btween 1995 and 2012.
Ghosh's last film was Chitrangada, which was released last year. His first screen presence was in Odiya film Katha Deithilli Ma Ku in 2003. He was currently working with Sujoy Ghosh on Satyenweshi, a film on detective Byomkesh Bakshi.
The film fraternity deeply mourned the director's death.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari expressed deep condolences over Ghosh's death. Director Mahesh Bhatt said the industry lost an "unusual talent". Actor Riya Sen said they lost a family friend.
Bereaved colleagues and friends gathered at Ghosh's home as the news of the death spread.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Ghosh's house in the morning and said the only comparison of Ghosh was he himself. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief in tweet.