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Rishi, Sharmila remember Sachin Bhowmick

Rishi, Sharmila remember Sachin Bhowmick

Actor Rishi Kapoor remembers late Sachin Bhowmick, one of the greatest screenwriters of Hindi cinema.

Bollywood's dancing star Rishi Kapoor remembers the late Sachin Bhowmick, one of the greatest screenwriters of Hindi cinema, as an encyclopedia of knowledge on cinema and screenplay and says he helped many actors enhance their romantic image on screen.

"He wrote some of my most romantic films. I tell you, 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. In fact, Shammi uncle's initial image as a romantic hero got a big boost through Sachin Bhowmick's screenplay in An Evening In Paris and Bramhachari," said Rishi.

"He was an encyclopedia of knowledge on cinema and screenplay from the world over. 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," he added.

Bhowmick died at his home here on Tuesday. He was 82. He started his career by writing the screenplay for Mohan Segal's Nargis starrer Lajwanti in 1958. In his over five decade long career, he wrote blockbuster films like An Evening In Paris, Love In Tokyo, Aradhna, Golmaal, Ziddi, Karz and also newer films like Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish among others.

Recalling Bhowmick's contribution, Rishi said, "Though he was much older than me, dada treated me like a friend. We spent so much time discussing stories. He wrote a huge amount of my most successful films like Khel Khel Mein, Dhan Daulat, Hum Kissi Se Kam Nahin and Karz. When I directed Aa Ab Laut Chalein, dada was on as a screenwriter. Dada was such a stalwart directors wanted him around to supervise if not write the screenplays single-handedly."

Remembering legendary screenwriter and director Sachin Bhowmick, Sharmila Tagore says he was not only instrumental in bringing her into Hindi films but also in getting her the coveted role in Aradhana.

About her best-known film Aradhana, Sharmila said, "It was Sachin who convinced my mother to let me join Hindi films. If it wasn't for him my mother would've never allowed me. And it was Sachin who convinced Shakti Samanta to sign me for Aradhana. I think Shakti-da wanted Hema Malini because she had just come as the Dream Girl and all that. Sachin pitched in for me. That incident brought us closer."
first published:April 15, 2011, 12:10 IST