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Date of Birth 4 November 1925Dacca, Bengal Presidency, British India [now Dhaka, Bangladesh]
Date of Death 6 February 1976Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Birth NameRitwik Kumar Ghatak

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Ritwik Ghatak was born on November 4, 1925 in Dacca, Bengal Presidency, British India [now Dhaka, Bangladesh] as Ritwik Kumar Ghatak. He was a director and writer, known for The Golden Thread (1965), The Cloud-Capped Star (1960) and A River Called Titas (1973). He died on February 6, 1976 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

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Ghatak is regarded as one of the best Indian directors of the 20th Century, together with Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen. Despite that, he is still largely unknown in and outside of India. Fortunately, this is slowly changing as his films become accessible again and can now be studied in detail.
Ghatak wrote numerous short stories, plays, and articles about cinema.
Ghatak was a professor at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), and among his students were John Abraham, Kumar Shahani and Mani Kaul.
His later years were affected by severe alcoholism.
Biography in John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985," pp. 387-392. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Father of Ritaban Ghatak.
Was a staunch communist.
Was hospitalised with schizophrenia in the 1970's.

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