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Sagar Sarhadi, Writer of ‘Silsila’ and ‘Kabhi Kabhie’, Dies Aged 88

Photo Credit - Sagar Sarhadi at Mumbai University for National Seminar and Film Festival 2019, By Drathod490, Licensed Under CC Attribution 4.0.

Sagar Sarhadi, the writer of Kabhi Kabhie and Silsila and director of Bazaar, died on Sunday in Mumbai, ANI announced on Twitter. He was 88.

According to a report in ANI, the veteran filmmaker breathed his last at his residence after suffering from health issues for the last few months. The report said that he had been admitted to the ICU after suffering from heart ailments. His last rites will be performed on Monday.

Born as Ganga Sagar Talwar in 1933 in the North-West Frontier Province of erstwhile undivided India, he had written several short stories and plays in Urdu. He got his his first break in Hindi film industry with Patni (1970) as the film’s writer. However, he shot to fame as the writer of Kabhi Kabhie (1976) and Silsila (1981), which were directed by Yash Chopra, the late celebrated director and producer.

Sarhadi has also written screenplays and dialogues for films like Faasle, Chandni, and Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai.

In 1982, Sarhadi turned director with Bazaar, starring Supriya Pathak Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil, and Naseeruddin Shah. His last film as director was Chausar, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amruta Subhash. The film released in 2018 after a long delay.

Several celebrities mourned his loss on social media. Actor Jackie Shroff took to Instagram to share a  picture of Sarhadi and wrote that he will be missed.


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Lyricist Javed Akhtar expressed heartfelt condolences to Sarhadi’s nephew Ramesh Talwar, while director Nila Madhab Panda wrote that this was a big loss to the film industry.

Sarhadi is survived by his nephews and nieces.

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