Rest in Peace, Sagar Sarhadi sahab! 

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Sagar Sarhadi (11 May 1933 – 22 March 2021)

Veteran writer-director and film producer Sagar Sarhadi passed away on March 22, 2021, Monday. He was 87. Sarhadi breathed his last at his residence in Sion, Mumbai, shortly before midnight. He wasn’t keeping well for sometime. 

Born as Ganga Sagar Talwar, in Baffa (near Abbottabad city, now Pakistan), Sagar sahab began writing Urdu short stories and then continued as an Urdu playwright. He adapted the title ‘Sarhadi’ to carry with him the connection of the frontier province, once he migrated to Delhi at the age of 12.

Sagar sahab rose to popularity with the dialogues for the 1976 hit film Kabhi Kabhie (directed by late Yash Chopra), which also won him the Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue. He went on to write dialogues for the 1979 film Noorie, Chandni (1989), Silsila (1981), Shah Rukh Khan’s debut film Deewana (1992) and the 2000 smash hit which launched actor Hrithik Roshan, Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai. Sarhadi had also written for films like Faasle , Rang, Anubhav, Zindagi, Karmayogi, Karobaar, Bazaar and Chausar. His work as an Urdu playwright also remains popular in the theatre circuit.

Renowned screenwriter, lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar paid tribute to Sagar Sarhadi on social media with the following words:

“Sagar Sarhadi a veteran theater and film writer who wrote films like Kabhi kabhi , Noori and directed Baazaar has passed away . My heart felt condolences to the late bachelor’s nephew Ramesh Talwar .”

Ex General Secretary of the Screenwriters Association, writer-producer Zama Habib penned the following post for Sarhadi:

“Salim: Apne aap ko sone ki chidiya kyon kaha tumne?Najma: Bus yehi nahi bata sakti. Agar kahin aap samajh gaye toh mujhe maaf kar dijiye. Aur na samjhe toh mujhe bhool jaaiyega.—————————————— Salim: Suno, agar kahin mulaqat ho gayi, pahchaan logi mujhe?Najma: Salaam zaroor karungi!!THIS ONE SCENE FROM BAZAAR (1982) PENNED BY THE GENIUS TAUGHT ME A LOT AS WRITER. REST IN PEACE SAGAR SARHADI SAHAB!”

Other stalwarts of the film industry like director Hansal Mehta and actor Jackie Shroff also mourned for Sarhadi via their social media accounts. The Screenwriters Association expresses its grief at the demise of Sagar Sarhadi as we pray for his soul to rest in peace.  

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