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The stormy sea

Author: Peter Young from Earth
3 April 2010

Ramesh Sippy's Saagar was very enjoyable. It is a love triangle - a traditional one but not a typical one. Sippy's direction is unsurprisingly excellent. He keeps everything about the film simple, whether it's the characters, the dialogues, the situations. Nothing is overdone, nothing is particularly melodramatic as one would expect from a 80s mainstream Hindi film. The story may have its share of clichés but Sippy refines it. I can name several filmmakers who would have made this film into a cheap soap, but Sippy is not one of them. It may be quite poor on script, but the execution is fantastic.

The film is set in an exotic fishing colony on the seashore, where Mona, a young beautiful girl, helps her father run the local pub. Her childhood friend Raja is a fisherman and is in love with her but she considers him just a good friend. She later falls for Ravi, a wealthy young man who befriends Raja. Yes, sounds ancient, and it actually is, but it is done in a very refreshing way, and it's not the film's best aspect. What makes Saagar so special is its entire approach towards the genre and the different way in which emotions were shown. The film was long but the pace was fast, though I would still delete a few scenes which I found unnecessary.

I also extremely liked the depiction of the small village of Goa. Sippy portrayed it with authenticity, exhibiting the cultural influence of the Portuguese India, and that's thanks to the fantastic sets, the simple non-traditional costumes, the characters' names, and the music (particularly "Oh Maria"). All these aspects gave the film a sense of everyday realism. The film is beautifully shot across some amazing locations. The shots of the sea in times of sunrise, sunset and twilight, are particularly breathtaking. RD Burman's music is wonderful, with the romantic "Saagar Kinare" leading the list. The songs were pictured very well on-screen.

The acting is excellent. Rishi Kapoor is quite good as Ravi, but the film's owners are Kaamal Hassan and Dimple Kapadia. Hassan showcased both his comic and dramatic talent in the role of Raja. He acted with sincerity and depth, and I loved the scene in which he found out about Ravi and Mona's relationship. Dimple Kapadia is incredibly sexy as Mona. She is beautiful, convincing and charming throughout and her wardrobe was also very well chosen. She was way too hot in her bartender dress and all the other tight dresses she wore, and how can one forget her brief and well-executed topless scene? The entire sequence with her swimming in the sea was pure magic. An awesome comeback for an awesome actress.

Supporting actors do pretty well. Madhur Jaffrey is brilliant as Ravi's vicious grandmother Kamladevi. What a superb actress - every facial expression, every dialogue is so precisely displayed. Nadira is wonderful as the kind-hearted Miss Joseph. Saeed Jaffrey is good as Mona's loving father. Apart from the camera work, which has always been great in Sippy films, the cinematography is very good, the editing is great and the background score is lovely, particularly the tunes playing over the romantic sequences between Kapoor and Kapadia.

Saagar is not without its flaws. I for one never understood why Kapadia preferred Ravi to Raja and this was not cleared to the viewer. Raja is portrayed as far more kind, likable and brave, while Rishi Kapoor looks overweight and goofy. Also, the entire Vikram track, who wants to win Kamladevi's fortune, should have been deleted. Towards the end the film got very confused and seemed to have turned into a typical action film. The action was not overdone like it was in most of the mindless action films of the times, yet it was somewhat out of place.

Anyway, I liked the ending, and Saagar is a very good film nonetheless. It was very well made, superbly directed and acted. I recommend you to watch it - it is one of the better triangular love stories Hindi cinema has produced.

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multi starer movie

Author: Yellow_Spider from Belgium
28 March 2005

SAAGAR(Sea) is the story of a peaceful little village by the sea where a tavern owner's daughter Mona(DIMPLE KAPADIA) stirs up a fierce storm of passion, romance and turbulence and engulfs the entire village.

Mona, grows up in the companionship of Raja(KAMAL HASAN)- joyous Raja, a picture of fun & friendship, her childhood friend. Raja has always loved Mona, but never lets her know how fiercely he loves her and dreams of a future with her.

Not far from the village lives the haughty millionaires Kamla Devi whose.sole heir, her grandson Ravi(RISHI KAPOOR) comes to live with her. On a memorable dawn, Ravi stumbles upon a Venus-like beauty arising from the sea, and time stands still. Ravi mingles with the fishermen and becomes a good friend of Raja, and a well wisher of the village, much to Kamila Devi's unloving.

Ravi & Mona attain new heights of romance & ecstasy. Little does rajah know that Ravi, his friend, is also dreaming of the same Mona-his Mona, his only reason for living. Then fate takes a cruel turn.

The villagers rebel against Ravi. Why? Mona Agrees to marry Raja. Why? Ravi rebels against his grandmother Kamladevi. Why? When Ravi discovers that his best friend loves the very same girl whom he loves - what does he do? When the waves of SAGAR roll back they take something with them, something precious.

SAAGAR marked the return of Dimple Kapadia after her debut in BOBBY several years back. SAAGAR features excellent music by Maestro R.D. Burman, and powerhouse performances by Kamal Hasan and Rishi Kapoor.

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

excellent star cast

Author: squr from United States
25 January 2005

Brilliant music, brilliant direction and a dream star cast. Rishi and Dimple with Kamal Hasan. It cant get better. It is the story of rich and poor with a love triangle between the 3 brilliant actors. Rishi finally gets the girl and Kamal looses his life to sacrifice. The maestro RD burman has scored some of his best songs with Javed Akhter writing the best lyrics to date. Chehra hey ya chand khila hey, paas aao na, sagar kinarey. A kissing scene and a topless scene by Dimple adds to the attraction. Ramesh Sippy directs this evergreen saga with a mature love story. Shafi Inamdaar plays the bad guy with a penchant. However the movie did not meet the amount of success that i think it deserved, a must see for anyone of newer generation to see how the original love stories were made and how well the original actors executed them with restrain.

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A superb comeback for Dimple - Rishi team

Author: silvan-desouza from India
16 February 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

After the low response of Shaan(1980) and decent response to SHAKTI(1982), Ramesh Sippy returned with Saagar with a different cast, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and Kamal Hassan The film may seem a normal love triangle but it's well handled The film was a comeback of Rishi and Dimple team after Bobby and also was Dimple's comeback since her marriage to Rajesh Khanna. The film is well handled though at times the comedy is too slapstick in between but yet the romance, emotional trauma and everything is well handled There is also a subplot regarding Shafi Inamdar the cruel caretaker of Rishi's property and his evil grandmom who doesn't want Rishi to marry Dimple, the typical rich and poor syndrome though but well captured.

Direction is good Music by RD Burman is still famous, be it Chehra Hai, Saagar Kinare by Kishore Kumar, Or the duet Yun Hi gaate Raho by Kishore and SP Balsubramaniam, or SP's solo Sach Mere Yaar Hai and O Maria all songs are fab

Rishi Kapoor though overweight does well in his role, Dimple Kapadia is good in her part, Kamal Hassan is a natural and performs brilliantly, he won best actor and supporting actor in 1 film Shafi Inamdar is good, Nadira is as usual, Goga Kapoor, Sudhir Pandey, Sharat Saxena, Madhu Jaffrey are all good, Satish Kaushik is as usual

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Just a few technical issues here n there but truly a classic film!

Author: varuna12 from United Kingdom
24 May 2012

Saagar boasts of amazing performances by Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and awesome Kamala Hassan.

Wonderful music and vocals over some very nice cinematography and locations makes this film definitely a audio-visual treat.

Story might sound like a clichéd love triangle but the treatment is quite different which makes it very interesting! A bit predictable at times but the performances are so brilliant that the viewer is sucked in and he waits to see what is going to happen next.

One of the better films out of our Indian Film Industry called Bollywood. A perfect combo of music, cinematography and performances, and of course story telling!

I would rate this film 8 / 10!

I am still buzzing with the wonderful music by the master R.D.Burman!


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dimple goes topless in this classic

Author: sharankandhai from Netherlands
1 April 2010

This was supposed to be the movie with which Dimple Kapadia would make her comeback. it had everything going for it. The Rishi Kapoor-Dimple Kapadia Jodi, Kamal Hassan right from Ek Duje Ke Liye, a director like Ramesh Sippy (Sholay, Shaan, Shakti, Seeta aur Geeta, Andaz) music by RD Burman but the movie got delayed. The director and Dimple also fell in love but it would not end happily. This movie is a love triangle. Kamal Hassan is in love with his childhood friend Dimple. She sees him as her best friend. Dimple meets Rishi and both fall in love. Rishi and Kamal get to know each other and become friends. When Rishi comes to know that Kamal loves Dimple he scrified his love. But thats not the end. On paper it may sound cliché but this movie is one of the best love stoeries ever. You actually also see Dimple in a topless scene, for a brief moment but the pause button will give youa chance to relive it. The best thing about Ramesh Sippys movies are the death scenes which are always brilliant (Amitabh in Sholay, Sunil Dutt in Shaan, Amitabh in Shakti, Jacjie, Meenakshi, Aditya Pancholi in Akayla,Rajesh Khanna in Andaz) and this movie is no different. The acting is superb as always. Add to it that you have one of the best directors of Bollywood and one of the best actors ever (Rishi Kapoor). Music by RD Burman has evergreen songs by Kishore Kumar, Lata, SP Balasubrahmanium. Songs like Saagar Kinare Dil jeh Pukare are sung even today. Worth a watch over and over again.Rishi kapoor, Dimple, Kamal Hassan, Saeed Jaffrey, Madhur Jaffrey, Nadira, Shafi Imaandaar, Satish Kaushik all are good.

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Dimple Kapadia's comeback vehicle

Author: desiensus from CT, USA
18 June 2000

This movie actually launched the Bollywood career for Kamala Haasan and relaunched Dimple Kapadia's career. The story follows the regular plot of two men loving the same girl and one of them losing her to the other in the end. Added formula attractions are that of the rich boy-poor girl angle and the brutal heartless capitalists. The camera work is breathtaking and the music is more than passable. Dimple Kapadia's wardrobe is well chosen and the general feel of the movie is updated for the times. Dimple also takes a daring move with a brief and well executed nude scene. Rishi Kapoor's performance is poor while Dimple and Kamal show they are able performers.

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