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|Directed by||Ramesh Sippy|
|Produced by||G.P. Sippy|
|Written by||Javed Akhtar|
|Music by||R.D. Burman|
|Edited by||M. S. Shinde|
|Distributed by||Sippy Films|
Saagar was a comeback film for Kapadia, and contained a fleeting topless shot of her. Saagar was India's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985.
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 1970). Kamal Hassan ultimately won the Best Actor award, his first and only award in that category for a Hindi film.
Mona (Dimple Kapadia) runs a small restaurant in Goa. Raja (Kamal Hassan), 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. Ravi's grandmother, Kamladevi (Madhur Jaffrey), is opposed to their love because of class differences.
- Kamal Haasan as Raja
- Rishi Kapoor as Ravi
- Dimple Kapadia as Mona D'Silva
- Nadira as Miss Joseph
- Saeed Jaffrey as Mr. D'Silva
- Madhur Jaffrey as Kamladevi
- A.K. Hangal as Baba
- Shafi Inamdar as Vikram
- Satish Kaushik as Batuk Laal
- Kiran Vairale as Maria
- Lilliput as Cheena
- Goga Kapoor as Thekedaar
- Balu Gaikwad as Bhikari
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.
|1||"Jaane Do Naa"||Asha Bhosle, Shailendra Singh|
|2||"O Maria"||Asha Bhosle, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|3||"Chehra Hai Ya"||Kishore Kumar|
|4||"Saagar Kinare"||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar|
|5||"Saagar Kinare" (Sad)||Lata Mangeshkar|
|6||"Sach Mere Yaar Hain"||S. P. Balasubramaniam|
|7||"Yoon Hi Gaate Raho"||Kishore Kumar & S. P. Balasubramaniam|
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." India Today wrote, "Like Sholay, and only like Sholay, Saagar is purely a director's film."
- Filmfare Award – Best Actor – Kamal Haasan
- Filmfare Award – Best Actress – Dimple Kapadia
- Filmfare Award – Best Cinematography – S.M. Anwar
- Filmfare Award – Best Male Playback Singer – Kishore Kumar (for 'Saagar Kinare')
- Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- "Restrained Romance". Asiaweek. Asiaweek Ltd. 12 (12–26). 1986.
- "Back to Love". India Today. Living Media. 10. 1985.