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Filmmaker-writer Sagar Sarhadi in ICU following heart attack


He has penned Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan’s respective debuts, Deewana (1992) and Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000). 

Keyur Seta

Filmmaker and writer Sagar Sarhadi has been in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) after suffering a cardiac arrest some days ago. He is admitted to the SR Mehta Cardiology and Orthopedics Hospital in Sion, Mumbai.

Sarhadi’s close friend and Urdu drama veteran Iqbal Niyazi shared the news. “He suffered an attack around five to six days ago. He was rushed to the hospital where he was taken into the ICU. He is expected to be shifted from the ICU by tomorrow,” he said. 

Sarhadi, 84, started off as a screenwriter in the early 1970s with Basu Bhattacharya’s Anubhav (1971). He then went on to pen Yash Chopra’s hits like Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Silsila (1981) and Chandni (1989). His was also associated with the film Faasle (1985). 

He has also been the writer for Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan’s respective debuts, Deewana (1992) and Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000). 

Sarhadi made his directorial debut with the much acclaimed Bazaar (1982), which had Smita Patil, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah and Supriya Pathak in the lead roles. 

Not many would know that Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s first film as a main character was in Sarhadi’s last directorial Chausar. The film is yet to be released.