National award winning film editor Waman Bhonsle dies at 87; Madhur Bhandarkar pays a tribute

National Award-winning Bollywood film editor, Waman Bhonsle passed away today at the age of 87, due to age-related issues. With a film career of more than four decades in the industry, Bhonsle has worked on several hit films, including ‘Mausam’, ‘Hero’, ‘Karz’, ‘Ram Lakhan’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘Agneepath’ and more.

Meanwhile, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar took to his Twitter handle to mourn the loss of the ace film editor. Paying a tribute to his contributions to the craft, he wrote, “Sad to know demise of Master Film Editor Waman Bhonsle ji.I was fortunate to have worked with him during my initial days in my career. He will always be remembered for his craft in films like Aandhi,Karz Mr.India,Ram Lakhan, Agneepath, Saudagar, Ghulam & many more.”

On the other hand, reminiscing the memories of Bhonsle, Vikram Bhatt shared with Bombay Times, “He is the first genius that I came across in the film industry. He was so good when it came to editing. He was my friend, philosopher and guide. He’s taught me so much. I was a Chief Assistant on Agneepath (1990) when I first met him. He took me under his wings. He taught me the finer points of film editing. That was the time when the process used to be different as there were no computers.”

Reportedly, Waman Bhonsle’s funeral and last rites will be held today at his residence in Goregoan East, Mumbai.

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