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.
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 .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) March 22, 2021
Sad to know that Sagar Sarhadi ji is no more. Truly a big loss for the film industry. ‘Noorie’, ‘Kabhi Kabhie’, ‘Silsila’, ‘Chandni’, ‘Deewana’, ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’ writer of so many gems. He also wrote and directed the iconic ‘ Bazaar’. My heartfelt condolences 🙏 pic.twitter.com/CN6Ax33O4Q
— Nila Madhab PANDA ନୀଳମାଧବ ପଣ୍ଡା (@nilamadhabpanda) March 22, 2021
Rest in peace Sagar Sarhadi saahab. https://t.co/BMkBKLXXFW
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 22, 2021
Sad to know about d demise of Sagar Sarhadi ji a well known writer,director due 2 heart attack .
Some of hs well known films as writer wr #KabhieKabhie #NOORIE #chandni #DoosraAadmi #Silsila .
He also wrote &directed #Bazaar .
It’s a great loss to d film industry.
ॐ शान्ति ! pic.twitter.com/VxPxc1TFhw
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) March 22, 2021
Deeply sorry at the passing away of #Sagar Sarhadi.He will be remembered by his work both in theatre n films notable amongst them #Tanhaii n #Bazaar.He drew his inspiration from life travelled by bus n train bcoz he was a writer of d masses.We at IPTA have lost a family member. pic.twitter.com/ifR0LY9cJt
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) March 22, 2021
He was one of the last living cinema legends. The wordsmith behind cult films like #KabhiKabhi #Silsila #Chandni and #Noorie, Shri #SagarSarhadi left for his heavenly abode. From the entire fraternity, I pay you my respects Sagar Sahab. I was blessed to have met you a few times. pic.twitter.com/zoJoarlASM
— Manoj Muntashir (@manojmuntashir) March 22, 2021
Sarhadi is survived by his nephews and nieces.