It was a somber prelude to a Master Class at Whistling Woods International as the Chairman Subhash Ghai, and the lead actor of Black and White (2008) Anurag Sinha paid homage to the legendary film writer Sachin Bhowmick and the young & dynamic cinematographer, Somak Mukherjee, at the Whistling Woods International campus on 4th May, 2011.
Sachin Bhowmick had written stories or screenplays for more than 90 films, over a span of 5 decades, which include several hits like Anuradha, Brahmachari, Golmal and Koi Mil Gaya. He had worked with Subhash Ghai for many films like Karz, Karma, Kisna, Taal, Yuvraaj besides many others. With his demise the film industry lost a veteran film writer.
Somak Mukherjee was a FTII graduate (2004) and he debuted with Subhash Ghai as a cinematographer for his film Black and White (2008). He went on to shoot Ugly aur Pagli (2008), Pankh (2010), and his latest Bengali film, ‘Iti Mrinalini’. Young, spirited and maverick of sorts in his approach to technique, Somak in only 5 years had already shot 10 features including few documentaries. He had six more features in the pipeline.
Sachin Bhowmick and Somak Mukherjee also worked together for Subhash Ghai’s Black & White.
Subhash Ghai, who is shocked at this tragedy, said, “It’s my great personal loss. Sachin Bhowmick has led me from Karz to Yuvraj for over 10 films. Somak also did a remarkable job with Black and White and put his heart and soul in his work. At this age of 35, Sachin had an immense understanding of the finer nuances of cinema. I deeply regret their loss and truly pray that their souls rest in peace.”
As part of the tribute, Black and White was screened for its students.