Dipen Guhawrote on Apr 26 2011 2:06AM
A single man's contributions, as a story and screenplay writer in films over fifty years will be an untraceable specimen, until one recalls Sachin Bhowmik. No other figure in filmdom has as yet equalled him in this respect. He had in his credit nearly one hundred films as story-writer and screen-play writer, of which most are hit, less are moderate in box-office, and very few are disastrous. Unfortunately, he passes away on April 12, 2011 like " an Angel's tear passes away silently through the clear ether", without disturbing the media. He was 81.
Sachin Bhowmik was born on July, 1930. From his young age he developed a keen bent to literature. He was contemporary and crony of the famous Bengali writers Samaresh Bose and Santosh Kumar Ghosh. The three "S" were the young aspirants trying to bring novelty in literature. Sachin had a doubt about financial uncertainity in this struggle. So he came to Mumbai to try his luck as a story writer in films. But the way was not a smooth-sail. He, however, got a chance to scrtpt the screen-play for the film " Nurgis" directed by Mohan Seagal in 1958. The following film " Anuradha"in 1960 earned him recgnition. The film was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherji and was proclaimed as the best film of the year. 1965 brought him into the commercial ark-light. " Ayee Milan Ki Bela" and " Janwar" were super hit. Sachin Bhowmik became the " Salim-Javed" of this decade. He penned up the stories of " Love In Tokyo. Aaye Din Bahar Ke ( both in '1966). It was followed by " An Evening in Paris"(1967) and " Bramchari"( 1968). It was esteemed as the best film of the year." Aaya Sawan Jhum ke"(1969) was also a super-hit. Then came " Aradhana"(1970) the magnum opus of his career." Aan Milo Sajna" was made in the same year. 1970s saw Bhowmik at his top. " Caravan"( 1971). " Dost" ( 1974), " Khel Khel Mein'(1975), " Kum Kisise Kam Nahin( 1977), and " Gol Mal"(1979) gave him immense popularity. Then came " Karz"( 1980) that enhanced Subhas Ghai at the apex of success. Amitabh Bachhan starrer " Do aur Do Paanch" and " Bemisal" ( 1982) were also success. Rakesh Roshan made his film " Karan Arjun" " Koyla" " Koi Mil Gaya" and " Krris" on Bhwmik's playwrights.. Sachin Bhowmik wrote and direcred " Raja Rani" ( 1973) which was not a hit, but its sonmgs are immemorable.
Sachin Bhowmik was well-versed and had tremendous sense of humor. His regular write-ups in Bengali filmi periodicals Ultorath and Garoa would boost up their sells. On April 12, when he brethed " Aa Ab Lot Chale", the media did not bother much as to who would "..lot chale".