There was something special about Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh. Every Hindi film heroine wanted to work with him and when they did, they invariably won the national award be it Kirron Kher for Baadiwaali or Aishwarya Rai for Chokher Bali.
He was well versed with cinema, history, music and art and fashion. A writer, filmmaker, actor, fashion icon and a gay activist who fought for sexual identity and took the debate beyond gender to a larger humanist spirit.
He openly admitted that he was a woman trapped in a man’s body and broke free from the shackles when he played the heroine in his own films. It is Karmic justice that in the wake of Section 377 colleague and filmmaker Sangeeta Datt pays tribute to her mentor in a documentary titled Bird of Dusk.
To be continued…