Kolkata: A pall of gloom enveloped the world of arts here, particularly the film industry, after the untimely death of Rituparno Ghosh this morning. He was 49.
The doyen of Bengali films, Soumitra Chatterjee, said the news came as a great shock to him.
"He was a great genius and the void left after his death cannot be easily filled," the actor said.
Raima Sen, grand daughter of legendary Suchitra Sen, said she was indebted to "Rituda" to give the turning point in her career.
"Rituda gave the turning point to my career in the film 'Chokher Bali'. He was more than a director to me; he was almost a part of our family. He was a unmeasurable genius," she said.
Fellow national award winning director Kaushik Ganguly said he was left shattered by the news.
Similar was the reaction of theatre personality Kaushik Sen who said, "He was supposed to come to watch my next production. It was a great loss."
State industry minister Partho Chattopadhyay said Ghosh was a great genius and the gap left after his death would not be easy to fill up.