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Sachin Bhowmik mastered the phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema

Cinematorium
By Pankaj Shukla

Sachin Bhowmik passed away.  As soon as the message flashed away on my mobile,  I shared It with some young guns of journalism standing around after an event hosted by Sub hash Ghazi who launched more than half a dozen of new talents including few actors from his acting school Whistling Woods during the proceedings. He was in gaiety and joy to see his disciples taking a new plunge in the mad mad world of Hindi Cinema or Bollywood as they say it in Mumbai in general lingo. Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan hate this word Bollywood and so do I. I prefer calling it Hindi Cinema. But, time has changed and no new/young journalist finished his copy without using this 8 letter word. These young wordsmiths asked me in curiosity, Sir, Who was he? I walked away from there thinking this is the change time has witnessed being Hindi Cinema to Bollywood. Here nobody cares for bygones.

After some time I called up Jalees Sherwani who is at the helm of looking after affairs of The Film Writers Association, he showed his grief but when I asked him if there is any condolence meeting planned among the writer fraternity. His reply made me feel more sad. He informed me it being a holiday, nothing could be organized in TFWA’s office. Sachin Bhowmik has been a veteran in creating characters who spoke like any ordinary common man and yet achieved their dreams on celluloid. He created super hit characters for Shammi Kapoor in films like Janwar, Brahmchari, An Evening In Paris among others. He gave Rajesh Khanna a start in Aradhana that would create such a huge fan following form him that he became a Super Star in days to come.  Rishi Kapoor tasted his first brush with Stardom post Bobby in Khel Khel Mien again written by Sachin Bhowmik. When I spoke to Rishi, he was sad. He told me about the relationship he maintained with this brilliant wordsmith. Sachin Bhowmik wrote many films for Rishi Kapoor including his first directorial venture Aa Ab Laut Chalien.  He gave credit of his success to Sachin Bhowmik without holding any words. He was all praise for a person who gave life to fictitious characters for him.

Subhash Ghai was also at loss thinking about his relationship with Sachin Bhowmik who wrote 10 films for the once called new show man of Hindi Cinema. From Karz to Karma to Saudagar to Yuvraj, Sachin Bhowmik has been an inseparable member of his writing team for more than two decades. Rajesh Roshan’s father in law had given Sachin Bhowmik his first major break in Aayi Milan Ki Bela, the Rajendra Kumar starrer which went on to become a cult film in Hindi film industry. This was beginning of a writer who will wrote as diverse romantic films for three generations of actors as Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai , Aan Milo Sajna, Andaaz, Yeh Dillagi and Kisna. Rishi Kapoor aptly said, Sahchin Bhowmik crated magic for every era of romantic films all his life.  In later years, Sachin would write free handedly for his son-in-law Rakesh Roshan for films like Koyla, Karan Arjun and Karobar. It was Sachin Bhowmik only who wrote screenplay of Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish which catapulted J Om Prakash’s grandson Hrithik into a super hero. Thus, He paid back the obligation that he received from Hrithik’s grandfather.

Content is the king, one can hear this phrase from every next producer of this Hindi film industry but even now if any new director goes to them with a story the first question that they ask, who is the star he has got agreed to do this film. Life moves on and so will move on the Hindi film industry but as Amitabh Bachchan says Sachin Bhowmik will always be remembered as a prolific writer who mastered phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema.

Beginning of a writer who wrote as diverse romantic films for three generations of actors as Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai , Aan Milo Sajna, Andaaz, Yeh Dillagi and Kisna. Rishi Kapoor aptly said, Sahchin Bhowmik created magic for every era of romantic films all his life. In later years, Sachin would write free handedly for his son-in-law Rakesh Roshan for films like Koyla, Karan Arjun and Karobar. It was Sachin Bhowmik only who wrote screenplay of Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish which catapulted J Om Prakash’s grandson Hrithik into a super hero. Thus, he paid back the obligation that he received from Hrithik’s grandfather.

Content is the king, one can hear this phrase from every next producer of this Hindi film industry but even now if any new director goes to them with a story the first question that they ask, who is the star he has got agreed to do this film. Life moves on and so will move on the Hindi film industry but as Amitabh Bachchan says Sachin Bhowmik will always be remembered as a prolific writer who mastered phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema.