On This Day – Rituparno Ghosh’s Death Anniversary: Here’s A List of His Best Films
Ghosh was a visionary filmmaker whose works were deeply anchored in Bengali culture.
Rituparno Ghosh (regarded as the inheritor of Satyajit Ray’s legacy) emerged at a time when there was a void of fineness in Bengali cinema. He brought a whiff of fresh air to the region’s entire cinema culture and also took it to the international level. Through his films, he explored several topics rooted in Bengali middle-class beliefs, criticized the flaws of the contemporary socio-political system, and also became the voice of the voiceless.
Ghosh, as a filmmaker, was the epitome of versatility. His films are still celebrated for their rhythm in storytelling, poetic look and feel, and brilliantly written characters.
The 30th of May is a sad day for all Bengali cinephiles, as it was on this very date back in 2013 that Rituparno Ghosh breathed his last. Today, on the legendary filmmaker’s death anniversary, we have compiled a list of his best films in this article.
Unishe April (1994)
Ghosh’s second film, ‘Unishe April’ features Aparna Sen and Debashree Roy as its main characters. The film is loosely inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s 1978 film ‘Autumn Sonata’.
It follows the tense relationship between a mother and her daughter.
‘Dahan’ is a hard-hitting social drama film based on Suchitra Bhattacharya’s novel of the same name. Starring Rituparna Sengupta in the lead role, the film follows a newly married woman who goes through a traumatic situation.
It received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali (Rituparno Ghosh), National Film Award for Best Screenplay (Rituparno Ghosh), and National Film Award for Best Actress (Rituparna Sengupta and Indrani Halder).
‘Abohomaan’ stars an ensemble cast such as Deepankar De, Mamata Shankar, Ananya Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, and Riya Sen among others. The film follows an acclaimed filmmaker who falls in love with a younger actress.
It won four National Film Awards under the categories of Best Director (Rituparno Ghosh), Best Actress (Ananya Chatterjee), Best Editing (Arghyakamal Mitra), and Best Feature Film in Bengali (Mahesh Ramanathan).
Besides the above-mentioned films, the list also includes ‘Bariwali’, ‘Asukh’, ‘Chokher Bali’, ‘Raincoat’, ‘Dosar’, ‘Utsav’, etc.