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Kabhi Kabhie writer Sagar Sarhadi dies, Javed Akhtar pays tribute

Writer-filmmaker Sagar Sarhadi, known for films like Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila, and Bazaar, passed away late Sunday night due to age related issues.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai |
Updated: March 22, 2021 12:16:26 pm
Sagar SarhadiSagar Sarhadi was 88. (Photo: Jackie Shroff/Instagram)

Veteran writer Sagar Sarhadi, credited with films like Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila and Chandni, has died due to age-related illness. He was 88. Sarhadi died late on Sunday evening at his residence in Sion, Mumbai, his filmmaker-nephew Ramesh Talwar told indianexpress.com.

“He was absolutely fine. He had no ailment. It was just age, and he wasn’t eating properly for last few days. He shouldn’t have gone but he has…”

Javed Akhtar paid tribute to Sarhadi. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “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.”

Sarhadi’s funeral will happen today at a crematorium in Sion. Besides Talwar, Sarhadi is survived by three nephews and three nieces.

Born Ganga Sagar Talwar near Abottabad city (now Pakistan), Sarhadi was already a renowned Urdu writer and playwright before he debuted in Bollywood in 1976 with Yash Chopra’s romance Kabhi Kabhie, of which he penned the screenplay and dialogues. The Amitabh Bachchan-Rakhi film marked Sarhadi’s long-standing, glorious collaboration with late Yash Chopra.

Sarhadi went on to write screenplay for Noorie (1979) and Silsila (1981), and dialogues for Sridevi-Rishi Kapoor 1989 hit Chandni. He turned director with 1982 film Bazaar, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Smita Patil. Sarhadi’s work in Bollywood spanned several decades as he wrote even in the ’90s for Shah Rukh Khan’s big screen debut Deewana (1992) and later for Hrithik Roshan’s acting debut Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000).

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