Saagar (film)

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Saagar (1985 film) poster.jpg
Directed byRamesh Sippy
Written byJaved Akhtar
Produced byG. P. Sippy
CinematographyS.M. Anwar
Edited byM. S. Shinde
Music byR. D. Burman
Sippy Films
Release date
  • 9 August 1985 (1985-08-09)
Running time
187 minutes

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.[1] Saagar was also a comeback film for Kapadia. Although this picture was the latter’s comeback film during the shoot, Zakhmi Sher (1984) (a remake of Telugu film, Bobbili Puli) became her second release in her acting career due to delayed and postponed dates of this particular movie. 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.



Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelMusic India Ltd.
External audio
audio icon Audio Jukebox on YouTube

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.

R. D. Burman for song "Saagar Kinare" used one of his old song tune "Hume Raaston Ki Zaroorat Nahin Hai" from film Naram Garam released in 1981.

The song Jaane Do Na was recreated by composer Arko Pravo Mukherjee for the 2015 film Kuch Kuch Locha Hai.

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.[2]

1."O Maria"Javed AkhtarAsha Bhosle, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
2."Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila Hai" (Saagar Jaisi Aankhonwali)Javed AkhtarKishore Kumar 
3."Yunhi Gate Raho"Javed AkhtarKishore Kumar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
4."Saagar Kinare"Javed AkhtarKishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 
5."Saagar Kinare" (Sad)Javed AkhtarLata Mangeshkar 
6."Sach Mere Yaar Hai"Javed AkhtarS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
7."Jaane Do Naa"Javed AkhtarAsha Bhosle, Shailendra Singh 


Saagar was released on 9 August 1985. Despite receiving critical acclaim, the movie was major box office failure. It gained recognition over the years through re-runs on television channels and is now regarded as a classic and a cult film.[3] In 2015, Saagar was screened at the Habitat Film Festival.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[5] India Today wrote, "Like Sholay, and only like Sholay, Saagar is purely a director's film."[6]


The film was chosen by India as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 58th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[7]

List of awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
33rd Filmfare Awards (1986) Best Actor Kamal Haasan Won [8]
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 for "Saagar Kinare" Nominated
1986 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards (BFJA Awards) Best Supporting Actor Kamal Haasan Won [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "'The Family Man' S2 Soundtrack Features Brodha V, Fiddlecraft, Swarathma and More -". My Site. 5 June 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Ramesh Sippy: One Didn't Need To Direct Rishi Kapoor!". Mid-Day. 1 May 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  4. ^ "The 10th Habitat Film Festival 2015" (PDF). Habitat Film Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Restrained Romance". Asiaweek. Asiaweek Ltd. 12 (12–26). 1986.
  6. ^ "After series of box-office duds, Ramesh Sippy strikes back with romantic venture Saagar". India Today. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  7. ^ "THIS WEEK, THAT YEAR: Breaking new ground with Ramesh Sippy". Mumbai Mirror. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  8. ^ "33rd Filmfare Awards 1985". Filmfare. p. 70.
  9. ^ "BJFA Awards - Official Listings, 1938 onwards". Bengal Film Journalists' Association. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014.

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