National Award-winner, Rituparno Ghosh was one of the most relevant filmmakers of our times. He is one man who’s known for his sensitive and sensible handling of stories, the maverick director has indeed left an indelible mark on Indian cinema. August 31 is the late filmmaker’s birth anniversary. We bring to you the Top 5 best films of the genius, that is a must watch.
Rabindranath Tagore – keenly observant and mature in his early forties, penned a series of short stories and novels, including Chokher Bali. Based on his book, Ghosh came out with the film by the same name, which stars Aishwarya Rai and Raima Sen. The story is about the journey of a young widowed woman, who faces issues including unrequited love, adultery and distrust and dishonesty. Prasenjit Chatterjee plays the leading actor.
Starring Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai, Raincoat is Ghosh’s first Hindi film. The film essentially revolves around estranged lovers, who meet after six years on a rainy night. As they spend the evening together, they reminisce the moments that consolidated their love, and reflect upon the circumstances that separated them, while both hide the grave poverty their facing in present times.
Rituparno Ghosh’s Shubho Mahurat is based on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple story The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side. The film saw veteran actresses Rakhee Gulzar and Sharmila Tagore come together, where the former played a middle aged woman who helps solving the case of a murdered actress, played by Sharmila Tagore.
The Last Lear
Ghosh’s only English film, which featured Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Preity Zinta, Divya Dutta and Shefali Shah, is based on Utpal Dutt’s classic play ‘Aajker Shahjahan’. Amitabh Bachchan played an aging actor, who portrays the arrogance of a has-been actor, believing he is always good, simply because he can never be bad.
Shob Charitra Kalponik (meaning all characters are imaginary)
Bipasha Basu’s debut in Bangla industry, this film had the actress play the role of a wife to a maverick poet, played by Prasenjit Chatterjee. The story revolves around Radhika, who rediscovers her husband and his work, only after his untimely death. The film won Best Bengali film National Award.