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Sagaai (1966)

  • GenreDrama, Action, Family
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time157 min
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU

To—day the biggest challenge to Indian Society has come from the conflict between the perennial and universally valuable elements of Indian Culture and the “go—for—fun” excitements of the ‘sick’ generation of Westernised Youngsters.

“Sagaai” attempts to bring out with telling effect the contrast between these opposite trends and thus tries to Spotlight this important social problem concerning our young generation.

Sheel, the heroine, though endowed with everything that is good in Western culture, stands firm by the values which have sustained Indian Society from times immemorial. For her ‘Sagaai’ the betrothal, is not merely a ceremony for boisterous celebrations but a sacred bond of love which binds a man and a woman for life under all circumstances—good or bad.

In glaring contrast to Sheel is the Westernised and misguided Poonam and her lover Harry (who is ashamed of being addressed by his original name Harinam). They are symbols of our misguided- young society, which lives for the moment, revels in fruitless fun and frolics, meaningless shakes, twists, Jaaz and Cabaretes and misguided as they are, they seldom enjoy the bliss and happiness of life.

“Sagaai” is also a gripping and purposeful entertainment, which is designed to inspire hope and robust optimism into the heart of any person, even if he or she is frustrated and dejected by the circumstances. Dr. Tandon, an exemplary character in the film, while preventing Sheel from committing suicide, convinces her by deeds and illustrations that it is the adversity that brings out the best in the people, and it is calamity that makes men and women invincible.

Sheel is inspired to fight her battle against all odds and after seeing “SAGAAI”, one of the most inspiring motion picture ever made in India, cinegoers will have something to remember and something to learn at the same time.


(From the official press booklet)