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Indian media: Tributes pour in for Rituparno Ghosh

Rituparno Ghosh at a fashion show in Calcutta
Image caption Rituparno Ghosh's death is a huge loss for the Indian film industry

Indian media and filmmakers are paying tributes to maverick director Rituparno Ghosh, who died after a heart attack on Thursday in Calcutta.

Gosh, 49, won a number of national and international awards for bringing realistic characters to life through films in Bengali, Hindi and English.

"Rituparno Ghosh came into the world of cinema like a storm, with two remarkable films on the trot. He has disappeared in a similar fashion, like a sudden gust of wind," filmmaker Gautam Ghose writes in The Times of India.

"Some of his films are just so lyrical. His creativity and contribution to cinema will be remembered forever," the paper quotes fellow Bengali filmmaker Mrinal Sen as saying in another report.

The Indian Express describes Ghosh as having "displayed a rare understanding of human nature. He was fearless when it came to emotion: he demanded that his actors strip away the layers, throw away artifice, so that when they felt pain, we felt it too".

In a tribute piece, the PTI news agency says: "Credited for ushering a new wave in Bengali cinema, director-turned-actor Rituparno Ghosh was known for an uncanny insight into the female psyche besides exploring the touchy subject of same-sex relationships."

Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee, writing in The Asian Age, says: "Ghosh's films show the way ahead. They tell me, as a filmmaker, what to do - it's like someone has already solved a problem you are facing now."

The Times of India also highlights Ghosh's admiration for Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.

"Ghosh used Tagore's focus on the deprived sexuality of widows, to craft a turn-around for Bengali mainstream cinema with Chokher Bali (Sand In The Eye)," the paper states.

"In a tragically brief but hugely eventful career, Ghosh made light of many divides through the means of his immaculately crafted films and on the strength of his own unique identity: art and commerce, regional and national, heterosexual and gay," says The Hindu.

And in this photo gallery in The Indian Express, readers can see the life and times of Rituparno Ghosh.

PM in Thailand

In foreign affairs, newspapers describe Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Thailand visit as a positive step in boosting cooperation between the two countries.

The Times of India hails the extradition treaty signed with Thailand saying it "will eliminate a safe haven for criminals wanted in India".

"India has reasons to be happy over the outcome of the visit, particularly on the pacts relating to extradition and exchange of intelligence on money laundering and terrorism financing," writes The Hindu.

And India's unique identity number scheme for its citizens has yielded some unintentional humour, The Times of India reports.

"In hilarious slip-ups in the Aadhaar card enrolment process, some cards have ended up with pictures of an empty chair, a tree or a dog, instead of the actual applicants," the paper says.

"This could have happened due to the operator's mistake," the paper quotes Ashok Dalwai, deputy director general of the Unique Identity Authority, as saying.

Finally, the Hindustan Times reports that champion boxer Vijender Singh will soon make his Bollywood debut with actor Akshay Kumar.

Titled Fugly, the film will most likely see Singh play a tough boxer, the paper says.

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