Rituparno Ghosh

Rituparno Ghosh stepped into the world of films from the advertising world. His first film was a children's film, Hirer Angti. His first full-length feature film, Unishe April, bagged several awards and placed him in amongst the most notable directors in contemporary Indian cinema. His films are well known for their women-oriented themes.

Notable Films:

Unishe April - 1994 - Bengali
(Nineteenth April)

A medical student, Aditi, returns to visit her mother in Calcutta. She has spent most of her childhood at a boarding school and doesn't know much about her parents, particularly her father who died when she was young. Her mother Sarojini, a noted dancer is preparing to receive an important prize.

The girl is still obsessed with the loss of her father and as his death anniversary approaches, she becomes increasingly despondent; something her mother fails to notice as she is caught up in the brouhaha surrounding the award.

A tragedy catches the mother's attention and finally mother and daughter make their peace.

Direction & Screenplay: Rituparno Ghosh
Cast: Aparna Sen, Debasree Roy
Cinematography: Sunirmal Majumder
Editing: Ujjal Nandy
Music: Jyotishka Dasgupta

Dahan - 1998 - Bengali

This film is about the life and attitudes of the educated middle-class in Calcutta. Newlyweds, Romita and her husband Palash are attacked while shopping one evening. Palash is brutalized and even as Romita's screams for help are ignored by passers-by. Finally, a schoolteacher Jhinuk intervenes and forces the attackers to leave.

Though hailed as a heroine in the press, Jhinuk's efforts to get the assailants punished go in vain. She faces opposition from both her fiancÚ and Romita's family. The film was screened at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.

Directon & Screenplay: Rituparno Ghosh
Cast: Suchitra Mitra, Indrani Haldar, Rituparna Sengupta
Cinematography: Hari Nair
Editing: Arghyakamal Mitra
Music: Poroma Banerjee, Debajyoti Mishra

Asookh- 1999 - Bengali

The film is about the schism between a filmstar's daughter, Rohini and her father Sudhamoy, who is unwilling but forced to depend on his daughter's earnings.

The narrative revolves around the sudden illness of Rohini's mother who has to be hospitalized. No one knows what she is suffering from. The physical illness sets off a chain of events in Rohini's life that includes her relationship with her father.

Directon & Screenplay: Rituparno Ghosh
Cast: Debasree Roy, Soumitra Chatterjee, Gouri Ghosh, Shilajit Majumdar
Cinematography: Aveek Mukherjee
Editing: Agrhyakamal Mitra
Music: Debajyoti Mishra, Paroma Banerjee

Bariwali - 2000 - Bengali

This is a quiet drama about a lonely middle-aged woman, Banalata, who has lived a solitary existence since her husband-to-be died from a snake bite the night before their wedding. Her loneliness is interrupted when a film production unit moves into her estate for shooting.

The lonely widow meets the charming director, Deepankar and finds herself drawn to him, whom she feels is exactly the sort of worldly character she has always longed to meet. But, the film crew leaves and she starts feeling all the more isolated.

Directon & Screenplay: Rituparno Ghosh
Cast: Kiron Kher, Surya Chatterjee, Abhishek Chatterjee
Cinematography: Vivek Shah
Editing: Arghyakamal Mitra
Music: Debajyoti Mishra

Utsav -2000 - Bengali

Bhagabati is an elderly woman who has called her four adult daughters to her estate in Calcutta. All of them are inching towards middle-age.

None of the sisters are looking forward for the family reunion as they all are more concerned about their own problems and so, the relationship between the siblings is not very cordial.

But, when they discover that this is not just a family get-together and there is a prospect of selling the estate, they start debating the pros and cons of making a tidy profit at the expense of a century and a half old family legacy.

Directon & Screenplay: Rituparno Ghosh
Cast: Madhabi Mukherjee, Pradip Mukherjee, Bodhisattva Mazumdar
Cinematography: Aveek Mukhopadhyay
Editing: Arghakamal Mitra
Music: Debjyoti Mishra

Titli - 2001 - Bengali
(The First Monsoon Day)

The story is about a tea planter's family in Darjeeling, particularly about their seventeen year daughter 'Titli', who is an avid fan of a middle aged Bollywood superstar, Rohit.

The film starts with a car journey where Titli, along with her mother Urmila, set out for a trip to the airport to receive her father, Amar. On the way, they chance upon Rohit, whose car has knocked off midway and almost perforce they offer him a ride to the airport in their own car. The rest of the story is about the journey and how it changes their respective lives.

Direction & Screenplay: Rituparno Gosh
Cast: Aparna Sen, Mithun Chakraborty, Konkana Sen Sharma, Dipankar Dey
Cinematography: Aveek Mukhopadhyay
Editing: Arghakamal Mitra
Music: Debjyoti Mishra

Shubho Muhurat - 2003 - Bengali

After 20 years, Padmini, a retired film star comes to India from the US to launch her second husband Sambit as the director of his debut film in Kolkata. Kakoli, the proposed heroine of the film, is infamous for her narcotics addiction.

On the first day of the shoot, normally known as the Muhurat, Mallika, an aspiring journalist who lives with Rangapishima, her widowed aunt, appears for her maiden film assignment

Mallika accompanies Kakoli home after the shoot for an exclusive interview, only to remain the lone witness to Kakoli's sudden accidental death. The media is ripe with assumptions, and the police are misled with ever-changing crime clues.

At this point a second death occurs. Rangapishima, an avid fan of Padmini, intervenes with her native intelligence and conducts an investigation on her own, simultaneously setting the stage for a complex dramatic narrative.

Direction & Screenplay: Rituparno Ghosh
Cast: Sharmila Tagore, Rakhee, Nandita Das, Sumanta Mukherjee, Kalyani Mondal, Tota Roy Chowdhury Cinematography: Avik Mukhopadhyay
Editing: Arghya Kamal Mitra
Music: Debojyoti Mishra

Chocker Bali - 2003 - Bengali
(A Passion Play)

Choker Bali, based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore is set in the early 1900s. The film draws parallels between the British colonization of Bengal and the domestic situation of a Calcutta household. The announcement of the partition of Bengal sets off protests in Calcutta.

Beautiful young Binodini, widowed after just a year of marriage, meets two of her earlier suitors, Mahendra and Behari. Even though she feels closer to Behari, a committed freedom fighter, she becomes Mahendra's mistress. Sheltered by Mahendra's mother, Binodini befriends Ashalatha, his wife. But her presence sparks a sensual and passionate conflict among the young people, in the highly patriarchal Indian society.

Directon & Screenplay: Rituparno Ghosh
Cast: Aishawarya Rai, Lily Chakraborty, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Tota Raychaudhuri
Cinematography: Aveek Mukhopadhyaya
Music: Debajyothi Mishra

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