Reactions from the latter quarter is expected considering several of his films featured big names from Hindi cinema. While his all-Bengali star films were well-received, the ones that starred familiar names from B'wood and were made bi-lingual, grabbed more eyeballs.
And so, the Kolkata-based writer-director was not only famous for his sensitive films and crisp, designer kurtas, but also equally known & infamous for his reluctance to use local actors and instead hire mainstream Bollywood stars to play his central characters. Think Aishwarya Rai in Chokher Bali, Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya in Raincoat, Kiron Kher in Bariwali, Manisha Koirala in Khela and Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan in The Last Lear.
His films' cast comprised practically half the Hindi film industry. Born to filmmaker parents, Ghosh first began his career in advertising. He made a low-key film debut with a children's feature titled Hirer Angti (The Diamond Ring). However, with his second movie Unishe April (19th April), Ghosh won the 1995 National Film Award, his first of several. Here's a look at some of RG's films that connect Bengal and Bollywood.
Text: Sonia Chopra