Saturday, June 1, 2013
Rituparno Ghosh an Epitome of Cinematic Excellence – Thoughts by Venkataramanan Ramasethu
I just could not believe my ears as I was travelling to work, when the news broke that Rituparno Ghosh is no more. My thoughts went back in retrospect to the time I had started watching Bengali films, it all started with the movie “Titli” an all time classic for a Bengali film fan like me,the subtle portrayal of emotional conflicts between mother and daughter with a myriad of emotions interwoven in between it was a treat to watch. The next movie that I watched was “Unishe April”, though I later came to know that it was the second movie of Rituda after “Hirer Angti”and “Titli” came four movies after the first two ones, from then on started my indulgence with almost every work of this greatest film maker from Bengal only after Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak.A Self confessed follower of Satyajit Ray school of Film Making,Rituda made movies in his own terms but so contemporary was his approach that literally he was a household name in every single Bengali household, in many ways he was “Banga Jiboner Anga”.
After Satyajit Ray, if there was someone in our Bengali Film Industry who could woo and bring back that class audience back to movie halls, it was only Rituparno Ghosh. At a time when the market and film industry dynamics were changing on a rapid pace with a keen foresight and a creative genius Rituparno could carve a niche for himself in cinematic excellence. He was not just instrumental in shaping the career path of some of the leading names in Bengali Film Industry today but also took Bangla Cinema beyond borders and brought international acclaim to themes that were viewed as a social taboo.
I remember an interview by this renowned film maker in a leading Bengali magazine where he mentioned that people actually realized the true greatness of Rabindranath Tagore only after his life time. Today as the leading torch bearer of Bengali Cinematic Intelligentsia is no more, some of the all time classics such as “Dahan”, “Asukh” , “Utsab” , “Shubho Mahurat” , “Choker Bali” , “Shob Charitro Kalponik” , “Abhohoman” would be a standing testimony to his creative genius.
Last but not the least a special mention has to be made about “Arekti Premer Golpo”, “Memories in March” and “Chitrangada” where we had the privilege to see the actor in Rituda.
A true artiste and his art never dies, they continue to live immortally in the hearts of millions who get influenced every single moment on a positive note.
Rituparno Ghosh would continue to live as an Epitome of Cinematic Excellence in the hearts of millions and millions of ardent admirers of creative art and cinema of international standards.
Posted by Venkataramanan Ramasethu