Mumbai, May 31 -- The first movie he made never got a theatrical release. The film, called Hirer Angti (The Diamond Ring; 1992), was subsequently praised once it aired on television. Two years later, with Unishe April, Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh shot to stardom; the film won two important National Awards - Best Film and Best Actress for Debashree Roy.
His next, Dahan (1998), won Rituparna Sengupta the National Award for Best Actress, as did the one after that, Bariwali (The Lady of the House; 2000), for Kirron Kher. Simplistically seen, it began to seem that the path to a National Award lay through a Rituparno film.
The man wrote and directed 20 movies in just two decades, picking up several Indian and international awards. He initiated the new wave of intellectual Bengali cinema, and had leading artistes, even Bollywood stars, vying to work with him. So he made The Last Lear (2007) with Amitabh Bachchan