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Maverick Indian helmer Rituparno Ghosh, who had success on the international festival circuit with such pics as “Chokher bali” (A Passion Play), died May 30 in Kolkata of a heart attack. He was 49.

Ghosh drew attention with his Bengali-language films such as 1994’s “Unishe April,” 1997’s “Dahan,” “Bariwali” and “Asukh.” His stories centered on India’s urban middle class in realistic fashion.

His Aishwarya Rai starrer “Chokher bali,” based on a Rabindranath Tagore story, won acclaim in Locarno and the Chicago film festivals in 2003.

By 2004 he was making films in Hindi. Reuniting with Rai he made “Raincoat,” which was based on O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi.”

Starting out in the ad biz, Ghosh made his debut with 1992’s kid pic “Hirer angti” (The Diamond Ring). A fan of another Bengali filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, he based his stories on novels from Indian and western writers. Many of his films had »

- Shalini Dore

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