Saagar (film)

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Official DVD Cover
Directed by Ramesh Sippy
Produced by G.P. Sippy
Written by Javed Akhtar
Starring Rishi Kapoor
Kamal Haasan
Dimple Kapadia
Saeed Jaffrey
Satish Kaushik
Music by R.D. Burman
Cinematography S.M. Anwar
Edited by M. S. Shinde
Distributed by Sippy Films
Release date
  • 9 August 1985 (1985-08-09)
Running time
187 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Saagar (Hindi: सागर) is a 1985 Bollywood film directed by Ramesh Sippy. The film stars Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia along with Kamal Hassan.

Saagar was a comeback film for Kapadia, and contained a fleeting topless shot of her. Saagar was India's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985.

This was the second instance in the history of Filmfare Awards where an actor has been nominated for both Best Actor as well as Best Actor in Supporting role, the previous nominee for both awards was Ashok Kumar (for Aashirwad in 1970). Kamal Hassan ultimately won the Best Actor award, his first and only award in that category for a Hindi film.[1]


Mona (Dimple Kapadia) runs a small restaurant in Goa. Raja (Kamal Hassan), who lives close by, is a good friend. He is in love with her but is unable to profess his feelings. Ravi (Rishi Kapoor) is from a rich industrialist family who moves to Goa from the US. Mona and Ravi fall in love of which Raja knows nothing. Ravi's grandmother is opposed to their love because of class differences.



The music was composed by R. D. Burman and the lyrics were by Javed Akhtar.


According to Asiaweek, "Saagar offers a skimpy eternal-triangle plot, but it is remarkable for its polished narration and masterly technique. The romance is subdued, symbolised by waves gently caressing the shore." It further praised the performances, calling Kapadia "a delight" and claiming that Hassan "steals the show with his subtle performance," and the direction by Sippy, who "has succeeded in injecting vitality, beauty and deep insight into a gossamer-thin story."[2] India Today wrote, "Like Sholay, and only like Sholay, Saagar is purely a director's film."[3]



1986 Filmfare Awards (India)

  • Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kamal Hassan
  • Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – R D Burman

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "Restrained Romance". Asiaweek. Asiaweek Ltd. 12 (12–26). 1986. 
  3. ^ "Back to Love". India Today. Living Media. 10. 1985. 

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