KOLKATA: Calling him a 'great genius', 'torchbearer of new wave Bengali cinema' and 'true artist', Bollywood and the Bengali film industry today mourned the sudden demise of director-actor Rituparno Ghosh.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who gave memorable performances in Ghosh's 'Chokher Bali' and 'Raincoat', said she was shocked to hear the news of his death.
"I am shocked and deeply sadden by this news. I just can't believe it. May his soul rest in peace," Aishwarya said in a statement.
Fondly called 'Rituda', his films gave a new wave to the Bengali film industry. His films glorified women, their inner feelings, passion and sufferings.
Abhishek Bachchan, who worked with Ghosh in 2005 film 'Antarmahal', posted, "Absolutely shocked with the news of the passing of Ritu da. A dear friend and a great director and a wonderful, wonderful human. RIP Rituda."
Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee said his death left a void in the industry.
"He was a great genius and the void left after his death cannot be easily filled," he said.
Subhash Ghai, who dubbed one of the Ghosh's Bengali film 'Nauka Dubi' in Hindi, remembers him as the 'finest filmmaker of the industry.
"India has lost one of the finest filmmaker in Bengali cinema. He was extremely sensitive director and a true artist. He directed one film 'Nauka Dubi' which was produced by me. It was based on a true story on Rabindranath Tagore. It was an instant hit in Bengal. I liked the film so much that I dubbed it in Hindi as 'Kashmakash' and released it in Mumbai and Delhi," Ghai said.
Anupam Kher, whose wife Kiron worked with the late filmmaker in 'Bariwali', posted, "Deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden demise of Rituparno Ghosh. He directed 'Bariwali', first film I produced. Have amazing memories of him."
Mira Nair tweeted, "Tragic news of film maker Rituparno Ghosh passing away - so young, so brilliant, a great experimenter in all cinema and life - a flame dies."
Arjun Rampal, who worked with Ghosh in 'The Last Lear', said, "Absolutely numbed by the saddest news of Rituparno Ghosh not being with us anymore. Loss of a dear friend, adventurous filmmaker. Who taught me so much. A bit too premature departure, will always feel your void my friend. RIP."