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Waman Bhonsle, editor of Karz, Ghulam, dies at 89

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He won a National award in 1978 for his work in Raj Sippy’s thriller Inkaar (1977). 

Photo: Screenshot from an interview with Waman Bhonsle on Rajya Sabha TV

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Veteran film editor Waman Bhonsle died of age-related issues on Monday morning in Mumbai. He was 89.

Known for his fruitful collaborations with noteworthy filmmakers such as Shekhar Kapur, Subhash Ghai, Mahesh Bhatt and Gulzar, he worked on close to 150 projects from the late 1950s to the early 2000s.

Bhonsle started off as an assistant to the legendary editor DN Pai. His first film as an editor was Raj Khosla’s Do Raaste (1969). He then formed a partnership with his fellow editor Gurudutt Shirali. 

Bhonsle was involved in a large number of iconic films such as Mere Apne (1971), Parichay (1972), Aandhi (1975), Khel Khel Mein (1975), Inkaar (1977), Karz (1980), Rocky (1981), Mr India (1987), Ram Lakhan (1989), Agneepath (1990), Saudagar (1991) and Ghulam (1998).

Bhonsle won a National award in 1978 for his work in Raj Sippy’s thriller Inkaar, which starred Vinod Khanna. He also bagged his sole Filmfare award for Subhash Ghai’s drama Saudagar in 1992. His contribution to the Aamir Khan-starrer Ghulam (1998) won him the Lux Zee Cine Award in 1998.

Bhonsle received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian cinema at the International Film Festival of India in 2008.