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Bollywood producer G.P. Sippy passes away
26th Dec 2007 09.00 IST
Noted Bollywood producer G.P. Sippy of Sholay fame died in Mumbai on Tuesday night after prolonged illness, family sources said.
Sippy, 93, had produced some of the biggest blockbusters, including 'Sholay', 'Seeta Aur Geeta', 'Shaan' and 'Sagar'.
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 fifties and sixties was 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.
The magnum opus of the Sippys, however, was to be 'Sholay' (1975), with a star cast of Dharmendra , Amitabh Bachchan , Hema Malini , Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan.
Sippy also produced films like Saagar (1985), Raju Ban Gaya 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 seventies, eighties and nineties. He also bagged the Filmfare awards in 1968 and 1982.
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