Saudagar is directed by Subhash Ghai. It starred two veteran actors of the Hindi silver screen of yesteryear, Dilip Kumar, and Raaj Kumar, in the leading roles. It was the second film in which the two actors came together after the 1959 film Paigham.
It featured the debut performances of Vivek Mushran and Manisha Koirala, the latter became a noted Bollywood actress in later years. Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Dalip Tahil, Gulshan Grover, Dina Pathak and Jackie Shroff are also featured in the movie.
The story line is influenced by the famous play Romeo and Juliet and Mandhaari’s role is parallel to that of Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet.
The film was a Silver Jubilee success all over India and was a Semi-hit. Saudagar got director Subhash Ghai his only Filmfare Best Director Award.