Like every day, even now, every morning right from me to everyone in my family... we all wait for Sachin-da. It is very difficult for each one of us to accept that he’s no more. He was more like a family to me and visited us twice or thrice, every week. Though he was 80 years old, he would go to his cabin as head of story department at Mukta Arts office regularly.
Now imagine my loss. He was not just a friend but a teacher, my mentor, co-writer of many of my movies – Karz, Vidhata, Karma, Saudagar, Khalnayak, Taal, Kisna, Yuvraaj and Black And White.
Today, when I’m writing this piece, my pen fails me to express my loss and grief. He was a strong man and was mentally prepared to go since more than a year. The last time I met him, he was in the ICU, he looked at me with a sparkle in his eyes and said, “You must make this last subject we finalised. Mark my word, it will be a big hit even if you work with novices.” Till the very end his brain remained razor sharp... sharper than all of us.
He proved his mettle as a writer with many hits - in fact all time classics, yet he was humble – not the one to show an attitude. Though he was an integral part of our industry, he was never filmy. He was a man and writer with a spiritual power. He could face success and failure with equal equanimity. Even in his advanced years, he would narrate a situation of a script with the energy of a 30 year old man. He was one of the best read men in the our industry. He was the one who advised me to dub Rituparna Ghosh’s Nauka Dubi in Hindi with Gulzar-saab writing the lyrics.
He has given every one so much - a wealth of knowledge, good stories, doctoring the script of today’s filmmakers too, how to maintain a positive attitude in the biggest crisis with a smile. He was never ambitious nor money-minded. He dedicated his life to what he knew best. He never wanted to market himself in the media because the only things he really cared about was reading, writing and telling a story.
Sachin Bhowmick was a man and a writer whose immense contribution to Hindi cinema spans a vast period from Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukerjee to Subhash Ghai and Rakesh Roshan.
God is taking care of him and his invaluable work of 40 years is left behind as a blessing to us.