Filmmaker and artist Prashant Bhargava, best known for 2011’s Patang (The Kite), died in New York on Friday due to cardiac arrest. He was 42.
His death was confirmed to The Associated Press by his sister Anurima Bhargava on Tuesday.
Bhargava was a native of Chicago’s South Side. He studied computer science at Cornell University and worked in the music video and commercials industries for the majority of his career, visualizing TV spots for HBO programs like The Wire, OZ and Rome.
Bhargava’s only narrative feature was Patang, a film that followed six stories in Ahmedabad, India, all taking place during the country’s largest kite festival. Patang premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. The late film critic Roger Ebert called the film joyous and lovely, giving it four stars in his review.