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Veteran Indian writer-director Sagar Sarhadi has passed away in Mumbai aged 87, Times of India reported.

“He wasn’t keeping well for some time and had even stopped eating,” said Sagar’s nephew filmmaker Ramesh Talwar.

Sagar was known for the film Kabhi Kabhie (1976), which he wrote for the late Yash Raj, as well as for directing Bazaar (1982). His other notable films include Noori (1979) and Chandni (1989). Sagar is known for his successful collaborations with the late Yash Raj.

“[I am] saddened by the passing of Sagar Sarhadi ji,” said Hrithik Roshan. “I will forever be indebted for his contribution as dialogue writer for Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai.”

Saddened by the passing of Sagar Sarhadi ji. I will forever be indebted for his contribution as the dialogue writer for Kaho Naa Pyar Hai. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family. Om shanti
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) March 22, 2021

Veteran actor Shabana Azmi called Sagar a “writer of the masses”, who took inspiration from life travelling by bus and train.

“He will be remembered by his work in theatre and films,” she remarked.

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

Nawazuddin Siddiqui said he has been inspired by the poetic style of Sagar’s writing.

“It was a pleasure to have worked with Sagar Saahab in an unreleased film and witnessing his finesse firsthand,” he said.

His Rhythmic writing and his Poetic style Direction have inspired many including me. It was a pleasure to have worked with #SagarSarhadi Saahab in an unreleased film and witnessing his finesse first hand. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/8qupQCyrNW
— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) March 22, 2021

Sagar was named Ganga Sagar Talwar on birth but took on the surname Sarhadi after being inspired by director Zia Sarhadi.

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