Bhowmick enhanced many heroes’ romantic image: Rishi

Mumbai, April 14 (Calcutta Tube) 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 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, Rihsi 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.’

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