National Award-winning film editor Waman Bhonsle passes away aged 87

Waman Bhosle was known for editing films Do Raaste, Inkaar, Dostana, Agneepath, Parichay, Hero, and Karz among others.

Press Trust of India April 26, 2021 16:18:26 IST
National Award-winning film editor Waman Bhonsle passes away aged 87

National-award winning editor Waman Bhonsle passed away on Monday morning at his residence here due to age-related issues, a family member said. He was 87.

Bhonsle, who won the best editing award at the 25th National Film award for Inkaar, died at 4.25 am at his Goregoan residence, his nephew Dinesh Bhonsle said.

"Last year, because of the lockdown, his routine life and movement were restricted. He started losing memory and appetite," Dinesh told Press Trust of India.

Born in Pomburpa village in Goa, Bhonsle came to Mumbai in 1952 in search of a job and later started training under his family friend, Pakeezah fame editor D N Pai, at the Bombay Talkies.

He then worked as an assistant editor at Filmistan and Famous Studio for more than a decade and eventually made his start as an independent editor for Raj Khosla’s film Do Raaste in 1967.

In his four-decade-long career, he worked with several noted filmmakers including Subhash Ghai, Shekar Kapur, Mahesh Bhatt, Gulzaar, Raj Sippy, Anil Ganguly, Sunil Dutt, others.

He was the man at the editing table for more 230 films including Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Do Raaste, Inkaar, Dostana, Agneepath, Parichay, Hero, Kalicharan, Karz, Ram Lakhan, Saudagar, Ghulam, among others.

“It was the first national award in the technical category, he was immensely happy,” recalls Dinesh.

Amol Palekar-directed Kairee was Bhonsle’s last film as an editor.

He took retirement from editing in early 2000.

Bhonsle's last rites were performed at a crematorium in Goregaon in the afternoon. The film editor is survived by his wife, one son and three daughters.

Several colleagues and his industry peers took to social media to offer their condolences.

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai fondly remembered Bhonsle as a “genius” and a “great teacher”.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said he feels fortunate to have worked with Bhonsle in the initial days of his career.

Noted writer-lyricist Varun Grover shared the news of Bhonsle’s demise alongside a link of a rare video interview of the legend.

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