Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood producer-director G P Sippy, who had become a household name with his 1975 blockbuster ‘Sholay´, died here tonight after prolonged illness.
Sippy, 93, who has been suffering from age-related ailments for the past few months, breathed his last at around 10 pm here, family sources said.
A scion of a rich Sindhi family, Sippy’s career got a flying start with the film ‘Marine Drive´ (1955). The same year he produced ‘Adl-e-e-Jahangir´ with the star-cast of Pradeep Kumar, Meena Kumari and Durga Khote.
The 50’s and 60’s were a time of hectic filmmaking for Sippy, when his banner produced memorable flicks like ‘Shrimati 420´, ‘Chandrakant´, ‘Light House´, ‘Bhai Behan´ and ‘Andaaz´. It stands to his credit that G P Sippy, besides producing, also directed all of these films.
In 1972, Sippy, along with son Ramesh made ‘Seeta aur Gita´ with Hema Malini in a double role. The star cast included big names like Dharmendera and Sanjeev Kumar.
The magnum opus of the Sippys, however, was to be ‘Sholay´ (1975), with a star cast of Dharmendera, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan.
Sippy also produced films like Saagar (1985), Raju BanGaya Gentleman (1992), Aatish (1992), Zamaana Deewana (1995).
Sippy was the chairman of the Film and TV Producers Guild of India on four occasions in the 70,s, 80’s and 90’s. He also bagged the Filmfare awards in 1968 and 1982.