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|Directed by||Ramesh Sippy|
|Written by||Javed Akhtar|
|Produced by||G. P. Sippy|
|Edited by||M. S. Shinde|
|Music by||R. D. Burman|
Saagar (transl. Sea) is a 1985 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Ramesh Sippy. The film stars Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan and Dimple Kapadia. The film featured lyrics, story and screenplay written by Javed Akhtar and music by R. D. Burman. It received critical acclaim upon release, and winning four Filmfare Awards.
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 1968). Kamal Haasan ultimately won the Best Actor award, his first and only award in that category for a Hindi film. Saagar was a comeback film for Kapadia.
Saagar was India's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985.
Mona (Dimple Kapadia) runs a small restaurant in Goa. Raja (Kamal Haasan), 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 of. Ravi's grandmother, Kamladevi (Madhur Jaffrey), is opposed to their love because of class differences. In the end Raja sacrifices his love for Mona and Ravi.
- Rishi Kapoor as Ravi
- Kamal Haasan as Raja
- Dimple Kapadia as Mona D'Silva
- Nadira as Miss Joseph
- Saeed Jaffrey as Mr. D'Silva
- Madhur Jaffrey as Kamladevi, Ravi's grandmother
- A. K. Hangal as Baba (in the lighthouse)
- Sharat Saxena as Tatya, fisherman
- Shafi Inamdar as Vikram
- Satish Kaushik as Batuk Laal
- Kiran Vairale as Maria
- Lilliput as Cheena
- Goga Kapoor as Thekedaar
- Balu Gaikwad as Bhikari
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Music India Ltd.|
The music was composed by R. D. Burman and the lyrics were by Javed Akhtar. Kishore Kumar bagged his 8th Filmfare Award for the song "Sagar Kinare", Other singers include Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Shailendra Singh.
The song Sach Mere Yaar Hai was reused in the 2021 TV Series The Family Man Season 2, as a tribute to the singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and to the fictional NIA agent character Millind in the series.
|1.||"O Maria"||Javed Akhtar||Asha Bhosle, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|2.||"Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila Hai" (Saagar Jaisi Aankhonwali)||Javed Akhtar||Kishore Kumar|
|3.||"Yunhi Gate Raho"||Javed Akhtar||Kishore Kumar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|4.||"Saagar Kinare"||Javed Akhtar||Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar|
|5.||"Saagar Kinare" (Sad)||Javed Akhtar||Lata Mangeshkar|
|6.||"Sach Mere Yaar Hai"||Javed Akhtar||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|7.||"Jaane Do Naa"||Javed Akhtar||Asha Bhosle, Shailendra Singh|
Saagar was released on 9 August 1985. Despite receiving critical acclaim, it gained recognition over the years through re-runs on television channels and is now regarded as a classic and a cult film. In 2015, Saagar was screened at the Habitat Film Festival.
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." India Today wrote, "Like Sholay, and only like Sholay, Saagar is purely a director's film."
|List of awards and nominations|
|Filmfare Awards||33rd Filmfare Awards (1986)||Best Actor||Kamal Haasan||Won|||
|Best Actress||Dimple Kapadia||Won|
|Best Cinematography||S.M. Anwar||Won|
|Best Male Playback Singer||Kishore Kumar (for 'Saagar Kinare')||Won|
|Best Film||G. P. Sippy||Nominated|
|Best Director||Ramesh Sippy||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Kamal Haasan||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Madhur Jaffrey||Nominated|
|Best Music Director||R. D. Burman||Nominated|
|Best Lyricist||Javed Akhtar||Nominated|
|Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards (BFJA Awards)||1986||Best Supporting Actor||Kamal Haasan||Won|||
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- List of Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
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