Sundeep Bhutoria

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ess bee

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Disastrous disaster management

The whole of last week I was busy coordinating with the different NGOs supporting relief work for the `Himalayan Tsunami'. As the un-official death toll mounted to thousands and still counting, evacuating thousands of stranded pilgrims across vast stretches of mountainous terrain remains the top administrative concern as much as providing basic amenities like food, water, medical help and shelter.
As bodies floated down rivers and survivors brought home tales of horror, the fate of thousands still hang in balance while the whereabouts of many remain unknown to their dear ones. The state government's intention fell far short of its ability to conduct relief work and all hopes lie on the Army that is fighting yet another enemy – the inclement weather – to save thousands of life.
The civil society and welfare organizations and NGOs have come forward to support the government effort, but what is obvious was the slow reaction of the private corporate houses to come forward with funds and resources. Could it be possible that private companies have extended funds and support without public fanfare? My sources tell me it isn't so.
The number of visitors to Kedarnath shrine increased from one lakh in 1998 to nearly six lakh last year. A spate of mindless hydro projects and rampant deforestation and violation of ecological norms have exacerbated the calamity making it a man-made disaster, according to many environment experts.
I was horrified to learn the disaster management of the crisis has been a disaster in itself. There has been utter lack of co-ordination and planning or a cohesive strategy among the civic bodies is providing relief. Also, another fact that has come to the fore is the fact that our large private sector companies have small hearts when it comes to giving back to the society.
The Maharatnas and Navratnas were more forthcoming is contributing funds and resources towards relief work. As of now, Kolkata-based Coal India Limited has made the largest singular contribution of Rs 25 crores towards relief. In contrast, the private sector companies seems to be reacting in slow motion.
My text (SMS) appeal to many individuals and top industrialists to support the cause in whatever way possible drew response from small and medium class business men and traders but hardly any from Grade A industrialists or corporates. There is the old reasoning that they prefer to do it (donate) silently seems more like an excuse.
I think it is time private corporations should come to the forefront and declare what they are contributing in support of this national disaster. Civil society is keen to know who does what for the cause. After all, some of these private companies have been the biggest beneficiaries of projects undertaken in the Himalayas.
I think the time has come for the Government to introduce a national disaster tax separately on the so called billionaire club. India should levy a special tax on top private sector firms for creating a corpus to be used during national-level disasters and calamities like this one.
There is much to learn from US billionaires and individuals like Warren Buffet, Larry Elison, Bill and Melinda Gates, George Soros, Howard Hughes and others like Li Ka-shing of Hong Kong, who have made philanthropy their long term goals contributing generously and effectively.
A Hindustan Times report on June 27 reported Bill Gates saying “I am sure that philanthropy in India will continue to grow... as people are interested in philanthropy..” How I wish his words come true.
ess bee

Saturday, June 29, 2013

At the premiere of C/O Sir

June 29, 2013: Friday evening I was again at Priya Cinema for the premiere of Kaushik's new film C/O Sir. It is for the first in so many years that my stay in Kolkata has stretched over so many Fridays.
At the premier, the usual Tollywood crowd was there but Indranil Sengupta and Raima Sen, who acted in the film, were missing.
I presume both were travelling. I, in fact, reached a little early and Kaushik was at the gate to receive the guests.
The film went on very well till the interval. But post interval it seems to have lost its flow till the end and many questions remained were not fully answered. The was this film ended is quite similar to Vidya Balan's new film Ghanchakkar. Shaswata has yet again proved that he can do justice to whatever roll or character he plays.
I was quite impressed by the design of the invitation card as Shaswata has acted as a blind teacher and wears black sunglasses. The invitation, in line with the theme of the movie, was of black sunglasses made of hard board which is an unique idea.
With Subhashish, Kaushik and Ritwik
I also dropped in at HHI on Thursday evening for the pre-release party of C/O Sir
I met Kamleshwar Mukherjee the first time director of Meghey Dhaka Tara fame.
I had not met him during the premiere of the film.
This evening there is a book launch of professed Wiccan high priest, Ipsita Roy Chakraverti's Spirits I have known at The Mandarin Room of Taj Bengal, Kolkata, at 7.30 pm. Cocktails would be on from 6.30 pm. 
With Kamleshwar Mukherjee
I was very keen to attend this as I have heard a lot about her. I don't think I can manage it today as I may be going out of station.
ess bee

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Smoothies, Shakes and Sandwiches"

With Mamata Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women
June 26, 2013: Today morning I hosted a get-together at the Junction Pub of Taj Bengal in honour of Mamata Sharma, the current Chairperson of National Commission for Women in New Delhi, who was in city. I decided to invite women from all walks of life to interact with her informally.
With Bani Basu
It was a first-of-its-kind event to take place at the Junction titled "Smoothies, Shakes and Sandwiches" or SSS. 
The menu lived up to its name with three kinds of sandwiches namely - Aloo Masala in brown bread, paneer bhurjee in croissant and Cucumber mint chutney pinwheel. 
With Mamata Sharma and Maneka Sorcar
In the Smoothies there were Berry and frozen yogurt, banana and peanut butter, avocado and cherry tomato, soymilk and Turkish apricot to choose from while coffee almond, blueberry, strawberry and mango summed up for the Shakes.
The event was well attended as the guests got the invite on short notice. Dona Ganguly, Maneka Sorcar, Agnimitra Paul, Madhu Neotia, Bharati Ray, Bani Basu, Shyamlu Dudheja, Malabika Banerjee and others were there to meet Mamata Sharma.
This event also reminded me of a get-together I had organized with her a couple of years back when she was in Kolkata at the Taj Bengal poolside during winter.

ess bee

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Rituals that linger on

The government has decided to pull down the curtains on 160-year old telegram service in India from the mid July 2013. This once invaluable service in our era of SMS and emails has outlived its utility. That is often the story with technology which gets obsolete every now and then in the wake of new inventions.
There is a similar parallel between technology and rituals i.e., both may become obsolete. However, one glaring difference is that the rituals, howsoever obsolete, have a tendency to linger on while technologies fall and rise by the wayside. To put things in perspective, let me relate a recent incident.
Few days ago I got a Brahmin dakshina card by post (pic) from someone known to me. His grandfather had expired at the age of over 85 years which I knew of. It was a very simple bereavement card in black border and black ink printed on white paper card requesting me (recipient) to donate the amount of money enclosed with the card to my family Brahmin priest.
But I was surprised to find that the envelope, supposed to have the money, was empty. Not only that, there was a fresh staple mark that alluded to the fact that someone during the transit had taken out the money and re-stapled the envelope. It was nothing new as it had happened a numbers of times before as well. But I also observed that these cards with money seems to be decreasing year after year.
But still the number of such Brahmin dakshina cards sent by post or courier each year runs into lakhs and presumably the losses too are staggering. This is a very common traditional bereavement ritual aimed at soliciting the support of different Brahmin priests to pray for the departed soul.
Traditionally, following death in a family, the card used to be sent requesting the recipients to send their Brahmin priests to collect the dakshina in person. Times have changed and it was not always possible for the Brahmins to collect the money which generally used to be a paltry sum of Rs 11 or 21.
Also, not all the families have such traditional Brahmins. In fact, many times I get envelopes containing Rs 5. However, the fact of the matter is that the entire purpose is defeated since the money never reaches the recipient at times. As far as Grade A couriers are concerned it costs more than the money itself being sent through them and if one declares that the envelopes has money in it, the couriers, as far as my knowledge goes, wouldn't even accept it.
With due respect to the sentiments of the senders, I think they should think seriously and take a call on whether they should at all continue with this tradition or do away with it just as the government is planning to phase out the telegram services in India which has served its purpose and is no longer relevant in this era of fast communication.
ess bee

Friday, June 21, 2013

At the Ganesh Talkies premiere

With Moon Moon Sen at the premiere of Ganesh Talkies
June 21, 2013: Today evening I went to Priya Cinema to see the premiere show of Anjan Dutta-directed film Ganesh Talkies. It was nice of him to not only invite me in advance but also to remind me about the premiere over phone. Chandan Roy Sanyal, the hero in the film came down from Mumbai to join the leading lady of the film Raima Sen at the premiere.
The gathering at the premiere show was usual but the film was very different. The storyline of the film is not new but I think for the first time so much of Hindi has been used in a Bengali film. If the film gets the right publicity about this fact then there is no doubt that it can draw many Hindi-speaking audience to the shows.
Just before the start of the premiere, Anjan Dutta took to the stage to introduce the members of his Ganesh Talkies team. Koel Mallick, Jeet, Aparna Sen and husband Kalyan Ray and Gargi Roychowdhury, among others, were there at the premier.
Before the premiere I met Moon Moon Sen and chatted with her for a while. I also fixed up a dinner evening with her and her husband Bharat Dev Varma at my house next week. This was long due.
ess bee

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Respite by default

June 18, 2013: Cancelling of my UK trip has all of a sudden left me with a whole month to myself with not much on the agenda. This is very rare and I find myself in a situation like this after a long time. This has brought me some unintended respite from my manic schedule. 
Due to my scheduled London trip, I had not planned any event for five weeks. Accordingly, the next event that I had planned was scheduled for 19 July only. The event scheduled was the ninth edition of the Author's Afternoon with Rahul Pandita. This edition was called off last month as Rahul had a mishap in his family and couldn't make it.
I plan to sort out the whole day's work focusing on those events mainly which were initiated some time back but couldn't be completed. I also plan to finish up meetings with individuals that are long due as I was on tour and away from Kolkata.
ess bee

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Marwari women – unshackling the entrepreneurial spirit

The business acumen of Marwari men is well known and an established fact. Strangely, the Marwari women, traditionally confined to the four walls of their house carrying out family chores, have been conspicuous by their absence in this matter. In fact, the Marwari women have along been branded as being among the best homemakers – a reputation which they actually live up to.
But times are now changing and I find it very encouraging to see that more and more Marwari women are stepping out of the confines of their homes to unshackle their entrepreneurial spirit in very new and surprising ways that is full of promise.
I have had interest in the subject because of my mother Late Dr Prabha Khaitan, who was one of the first among Marwari woman who stepped out of the inner confines of household to become a successful entrepreneur through her sheer grit and perseverance and without any family backing. In the 80s, she even adopted and successfully nurtured a line of business – leather products – which many traditional Marwari families would consider a taboo. She was much ahead of her times and had espoused the cause of women empowerment.
The trend started when the Marwari women, who are a very talented lot, started taking baby steps years back to move into the professional sphere. At first, the daughters and wives of big established industrial and business families started engaging in either jewellery or fashion designing or flower arrangements.
And then there were the likes of Manjusree Khaitan, Jayashree Mohta, Shobhna Bhartia and others who cut the mustard with the corporate world by taking up top positions in the companies run by their families and spearheading it. Their families also supported them and this was a good start for these women which also lifted up the spirit of homemaker Marwari women in general.
The recently launched psychological and cognitive welfare centre AddLife Caring Minds by Minu Budhia reflects this change and empowerment of Marwari women. The centre clearly reflects a serious corporate and entrepreneurial intent of Minu who has so far been in the background. Also, Madhu Neotia’s brainchild, the GENOME Fertility Centre in Kolkata and Siliguri and two more centres in Kalyani and Midnapore on the anvil, is yet another example of Madhu’s entrepreneurial zeal.
So it feels great when I see this change taking place all around me now at a scorching pace as Marwari women step out of their households to take on the world with their entrepreneurial zeal just as their men folk had done.
I think it is a matter of time before we find the Marwari competing with their men folk and others in business and the corporate world. Already there are young Marwari girls like Ridhi Agarwal who chucked her job to set up her own start-up. There are many others who are refusing campus placements to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
The trend of women making it to the top echelons in high finance and corporate sector has already begun, led by the likes of Indra Nooyi, Chanda Kochar, Naina Lal Kidwai, Jyoti Naik, Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and others. The Marwari women, who have been late starters, I am sure, would soon burst into the scene.
This is indeed a very positive and encouraging development.
ess bee

Saturday, June 15, 2013

UK trip called off

June 15, 2013: On Thursday morning, that is June 13, 2013, I was booked to go to the UK. Somehow this year the overseas trip did not mature at the last minute. I had to cancel my New York trip the same day I was supposed to leave and now I have to cancel my London trip.
In 2012, during the whole year I went to Bhutan twice and made two trips to the United States, one trip to Latin America, two to Far East and of course 3 weeks to London. 
With Saswata, Srikant, Abir and Harshvardhan Neotia
But this year, apart from a few small trips to Singapore and Bintan (Malaysia) I haven't travelled much.
Yesterday evening, before attending the dinner at the Japanese Consul's residence, I went to see the film Megha Dhaka Tara.
With Saswata
Ananya and Saswata both have put up stellar performance in this black & white film. 

No doubt, this film would be remembered in the history of Bengali cinema as one of the best films and as for Saswata, he is once again leaving a mark since Kahani.
ess bee

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Home food

June 12, 2013: It is 10 pm and I have finished dinner at home. The sister of one of my diplomat friends was supposed to be in town so I had invited him and his sister and a few others from the diplomatic corps to come over to my residence at 7 pm for Indian home food.
With Mr & Mrs Mitsuo Kawaguchi
This was in stark contrast to the recent colourful sit-down dinner that I hosted during the farewell party of Dean R Thompson. 
The guests had actually expressed their desire for Indian home food for a change. It was cool.
Unlike the Indian diplomats and guests, all the guest invitees from France and the United States were bang on time between 7 to 7:15 pm. That is the reason the dinner was over by 9:30 pm. 
It was a cool affair.
Although my friend's sister could not attend the dinner due to some problem in her flight which was delayed and landed in Kolkat well beyond the scheduled hour.
ess bee

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dean's farewell sit-down dinner

With Dean R Thompson and his wife Jane at their farewell party dinner
June 11, 2013: This evening I went to The Park hotel to attend a reception hosted by the Russian Consulate in Kolkata. The diplomatic core of Kolkata, who had attended my Indian style sit-down dinner farewell party yesterday at The Taj Bengal, were talking about it. The farewell party was for US Consul in Kolkata, Dean R Thompson and his wife Jane.
With Harshvardhan Neotia
Somehow my idea of organizing the Indian style dinner was a real hit and people, not only the diplomats but others, who had attended it also liked it immensely.
May be, the fact that people now-a-days hardly eat in Indian sit down style at home or parties clicked with the guests.
The consular corps of Kolkata representing France, Japan, Italy, US, Russia and others were there along with eminent Kolkatans – artists, singers, actors, directors, celebs, industrialists and so on.
As planned, the food was served in Indian style thalis made of silver. The manner of serving food was also very traditional. The dress code which I had mentioned in the invite was Indian and the diplomats and their spouses came in traditional Indian dress - kurta pyjamas, badh gala, sarees and salwar kameez.
The dinner menu was also Rajasthani – Jodhpuri gatte, lal maas, bajre ki roti, dal panchmela and lapsi for dessert. I had also organized for an person adept in tying turbans the traditional way and he did so for the guests who donned these colourful turbans, including man of the moment Dean R Thomson. 

With Jeffrey K Reneau
Jeffrey K Reneau, Director, American Centre, Kolkata, came to the dinner dressed up in traditional Indian attire designed by Sarbari Dutta.
I had also arranged for a Manganiyar folk troupe from Rajasthan. The troupe members Chanan Khan Manganiyar, Papa Mir and Raies Khan Manganiyar belong to the famous musical community of Rajasthan. They enthralled the guests with their deft play of kamayacha and khartal which are local traditional musical instruments used by the manganiyars.
Chanan Khan Mangniyar, 50, lives in a small village called Bissu in Barmer district, has been playing music since he was 12. Chanan learned his traditional art from family members right from childhood. He has travelled to 75 countries and is a storehouse of knowledge about manganiyar music and tradition.
My association with Dean and Jane goes back when they visited the first Puja pandal last year at Chaltabagan Durga Puja after coming to Kolkata. 
With K Mohanchandran, GM, Taj Bengal
Yesterday was the last evening for Jane in Kolkata as she is all set to take flight to the US. Dean, however, would be here till August 2013.
I am glad that the sit-down dinner is being talked about a lot in the diplomatic circles of Kolkata and I hope it has been a memorable event for them.
ess bee

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Safari - celebrating Ranthambore

At the ITC Rajputana party I hosted to celebrate my Ranthambore travelogue -The Safari
June 10, 2013: Today morning I flew in from Jaipur to Kolkata. 
The day before yesterday, I hosted a party at the Suryavanshi Mahal of ITC Rajputana, Jaipur, to celebrate the publication of my travelogue on Ranthambore or Ranthambore Diary - The Safari - which went off very well.
The theme of the get together was Ranthambore with a difference - its local culture amid music, painting, photo exhibition, dance and folk art. 
It turned out to be a sort of art and musical soiree that enthralled the guests.
Jaipur's glitterati and wild life enthusiasts attended the get together and raised a toast to The Safari. Wildlife conservationists from Ranthambore, Dharmendra Khandal, Nagendra Singh Hada, and forest guard Rajesh Sharma who find many a mention in the book were there on the occasion.
With Y K Sahu and Dharmendra Khandal
Pratap Nath and Sugan Nath gave a live rendition of ceremonial music while Narayan Singh and Ramsahay Meena took to the canvas and their live sketches and strokes of yellow and black brought alive the spirit of Ranthambore tigers. 
Gopal and Mansingh gave a demo of hand block art painting on apparel. 
With Ankita Singh and Chavi Rajawat
Once again, the jungle and animal motifs added to the evening's Ranthambore aura. A photo exhibition of Ranthambore tigers from the book on display were greatly appreciated by the guests.
With Rohit Kamra
Apart from the usual cocktails the real hit thing of the evening was the mashak performance by folk artistes. 
Mashak or the mashak been, as is often locally called, is a bagpipe like musical instrument, usually made of goat skin, that is popular among the locals of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in India. This strange wind musical instrument caught the fancy of the guests.
With Mashak players
I am thankful to Shri Vinod Joshi and Dr Dharmendra Khandal of Tiger Watch who helped me in organizing the evening. As usual ITC Rajputana put in their best efforts to make the Ranthambore theme and the evening a grand success. 
Today evening I am hosting a farewell dinner for Dean and Jane Thompson the US Consul General at the Taj Bengal, Kolkata.
ess bee

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Basking in stolen glory

In recent times newspapers have been carrying series of articles on the 66th Cannes Film Festival that gave the feeling that many Indian actors, actresses and directors from all over were all there at the Festival itself. News articles were so structured and presented to give out the impression that Indian film personalities, including our very own local actors and actresses, were there on invitation.
The fact, however, is that majority of them were just there at Cannes, like so many others, to experience the electrifying atmosphere or may be out on a picnic at the French Riviera. There was nothing official about it. Many of them hired halls and red carpets to screen for private screening of their own films and followed by dinners and parties and so on. This was very strategically done to send home a message that they were a part of the big event where as it was more like a picnic or a well-timed pleasure trip.
In fact, Vidya Balan was the only Indian to be a part of the coveted jury for the main competition headed by Steven Spielberg who held the Indian flag at Cannes as she walked up the red carpet at the famous Grand Theatre Lumiere in a glamorous maroon Sabyasachi outfit.
The Festival was declared open by Leonardo DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan – the other Bollywood icon. Big B said bonsoir and thanked the festival for inviting India as country of honour in France and spoke in Hindi about Indian cinema completing 100 years. The Ceremony continued with the screening of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in the `Out of Competition' category with the key members of the movie crew in attendance, including Amitabh Bachchan who played a cameo in the film. Aishwarya Rai was there as were Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto as the L'Oreal ambassadors.
Indian films in the official selection included Amit Kumar's directorial debut Monsoon Shootout in the Midnight Screening or Camera d'Or or Golden camera section, Bombay Talkies with short films by Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibaker Bannerjee and Anurag Kashyap, a restored version of Satyajit Ray's Charulata in the Cannes Classic section. Anurag Kashyap's Ugly and Ritesh Batra's Dabba starring Irrfan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui were in the Director's Fortnight and Critics Week respectively which are parallel sections. Nandita Das was there at the Cannes red carpet as a member of a special jury for short films called Cinefoundation.
At home in Kolkata, what we also got to see was a very different picture in news reports. I heard many people discussing how our local stars have made it to the Cannes and the supporting pictures in the dailies seemed to support this view. The fact was that most of them were there just to be a part of the film phenomenon called Cannes and that's it. Trying to give it a colour, knowingly or unknowingly, that they were there as guests is all moonshine.
It seems that Cannes is becoming a major itinerary on celebs' annual calendar for there are other advantages of boosting up one's image by being there at the right time. One of my friends aptly described it as “basking in stolen glow”.
ess bee

Saturday, June 8, 2013

In Jaipur for The Safari

June 8, 2013: Today morning I once again landed in Jaipur. This was a sudden trip as I had decided a couple of days back to organize a get together to celebrate the completion of my Ranthambore Dairy - The Safari.
The book, which is a travelogue on the tigers of Ranthambore reserve, is ready and I am firming up plans to release it formally. But I had an afterthought that why not, prior to the formal and the usual book release function, do something in a different way. So I decided to organise a get together and arranged for showcasing various elements of Ranthambore.
I am scheduled to leave for London on the morning of June 14 for about five weeks, so I'd better do something as the book is ready.
Yesterday evening I could not attend the premier of Agnidev Chatterjee's new film Mrs Sen, featuring Rituparna as the main cast, due to my early morning flight. Also, I was fully occupied working out the modalities for organizing the night at the ITC Rajputana, Jaipur.
I'll also miss out Bratya's play today at the Academy in Kolkata.
ess bee

Monday, June 3, 2013

At Nasiruddin Shah's play

Felicitating Naseeruddin Shah with an Uttoriyo
With Nasiruddin Shah, wife Ratna Shah Pathak and daughter Heeba
June 3, 2013: On Saturday evening I went to Kalamandir to watch the play 'Ismat Apa Ka Naam' at the Sangeet Kala
The play is a series of three short stories narrated in the old Urdu by the trio – Naseeruddin Shah, his wife Ratna Shah Pathak and their daughter Heeba Shah.
With Raghu Mody at Italian Day
After the play I felicitated Naseeruddin Shah with an Uttoriyo.
On Sunday evening I went to the Italian National Day at The Oberoi Grand
I was very impressed with the set up done by The Oberoi Grand on the occasion.
ess bee 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rituparno's final adieu

Thursday morning got a text that Ritu da is no more! Rituparno Ghosh's sudden demise has left a deep void in Bengal's film industry. A director par excellence, Rituparno's films were instrumental in getting the Bengali intelligentsia back to the cinemas.
Rituparno's passing away is shocking. After the news of his loss seeped in, I heard that Ritu da had sent an SMS around 3 am to Mahendra Soni saying that he was not feeling well. It is obvious that he passed away soon after.
In fact, we were supposed to meet up later this week at the farewell party of Dean R Thompson, American Consul General in Kolkata. When I had called up three weeks earlier requesting him to attend the farewell party at The Taj Bengal, he had said that his shooting was on which he was hoping to wrap up soon. He said if he could manage it he would definitely be there at the farewell party.
Earlier this week he confirmed that he would attend my party as he missed the lunch at my residence when Tony’s Aparajita Tumi DVD was released recently.
Last week, when Debadrita Chatterjee aka Maddy requested me to felicitate Naseerudin Shah after his performance at the Kalamandir on June 2, I inquired who all were coming. Maddy told me that she had invited Rituparno da for her show. Rituparno had said to her, “If my shooting is over and I am alive, I shall surely come.”
Maddy also told me that she and Mahesh Bhatt were planning to produce a film on safe citizen based on Rituparno’s story and to be directed by Sanjoy Nag. Ritu da was to be the creative producer for the project.
Maddy was the first person that came to my mind when I got the text of his passing away. I wonder if Rituparno da, like many others, had some inkling of the inevitable.
I was also hoping to meet Rituparno on June 2 at The Art Gallery in ITC Sonar where he was the Chief Guest for the Mango Haat event, jointly organised by ITC and Murshidabad Heritage Development Society.
Rituparno's films, with its share of controversies, were of a very high calibre and full of cinematic value. Something the entire Indian film fraternity unanimously agreed on as evident by the rich tributes paid to him. He had an unconventional take on subjects that were pressing and thought provoking. In some recent films, Rituparno's histrionic talents came to the fore.
Rituparno made his debut with Hirer Angti in 1992 and the other classic works included Abohomon, Antarmahal, Titli, Chokher Bali, Noukadubi, Subho Mahurat, Shob Choritro Kalponik, Khela, Raincoat, The Last Lear, Utsab, Bariwali, Chitrangada and Satyanewshi based on popular Bengali detective character Byomkesh. He acted in three films Arekti Premer Galpo, Memories of March and Chitrangada.
When I had met Ritu da at Kaushik Ganguly's party on Shabdo (picture) sometime back it so happened that we were the first ones to arrive and had quite some time for an adda session with Kaushik as the event started late.
I told him that Raincoat was my favourite among his films and also alluded to the fact that we were the only guests to be there on time or rather a little before time.
ess bee