News|April 13, 2011 10:45 pm

Sachin Bhowmick Passed Away!

A renowned scriptwriter, Sachin Bhowmick, who gave his 50 years of his life in penning gripping storylines for Bollywood, passed away yesterday after a prolonged illness. Bhowmick started his career as a writer in Bollywood in 1958 with Nargis and Balraj Sahni starrer Lajwanti. In the 1960’s, his stories and screenplays became synonymous with success. Sachin churned out hits like Anuradha (1961), Ziddi (1964), Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964), Majboor (1964), Love In Tokyo (1966), An Evening In Paris (1967), Brahmchari (1968) and Aradhana (1969).

Many Bollywood celebrities, who worked with him, went into mourning. Shammi Kapoor who worked with him in numerous hits, was unaware of the writer passing away. He stated,

“It is extremely sad and I am shocked by your phone call. I met him a couple of months back during a special screening of An Evening in Paris.

He had a great mind and a special art of giving you a wonderful screenplay by joining little pieces together. One thing that I would never forget was the way he would speak Hindi with a Bengali accent. We would never understand and would request him to switch to English.”

Rishi Kapoor, reminiscing about the writer who penned his hugely successful Karz, said,

“He wrote some of my most romantic films. Any leading man whether it was me or Rajesh Khanna or Jeetendra or my uncle Shammi Kapoor who wanted to enhance his romantic image always went to Sachin Bhowmick’s screenplay for sustenance.”

“He was an encylopaedia of knowledge on cinema and screenplay. And though he wrote what looked liked fiercely Indian screenplays he could very cleverly adapt foreign films, like he did for my Khel Khel Mein.”

Bhowmick married actress Kalpana who starred opposite Shammi Kapoor in Professor. The marriage did not work out too well. Recalling the initial days of his first marriage, Sharmila Tagore said,

“It was a big mistake. And Sachin was so embarrassed he hid away from all his friends including Shakti Samanta and me. Luckily he divorced and married a beautiful Bengali woman.”

“A prolific writer and a learned man, Sachin was a dear friend of my mother. During those days, around 1959, Sachin was a travel writer. He would travel to various destinations especially Europe and then write beautiful pieces, a la today’s Suheil Seth.

I remember in one piece Sachin had written, ‘If you want to see the town drives slowly. If you want to see the jail drive fast.’ That line stayed with me.”

“It was Sachin who convinced my mother to let me join Hindi films. If it weren’t for him my mother would’ve never allowed me. And he only convinced Shakti-da to sign me for Aradhana. I think Shakti-da wanted Hema Malini after her successful Dream Girl. Sachin pitched in for me. That incident brought us closer.”

A prolific writer, Bhowmick wanted his biography to be written while he was still alive. “A biography of Sachin was being written. He wanted it completed in his lifetime. But it remained incomplete because I have not yet met the author,”

Subhash Ghai who worked with him in many films expressed his grief over Bhowmick’d death,

“It’s my great personal loss. He was most interested in films but never filmi as a person.”