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Veteran Indian filmmaker G.P. Sippy dies at age 93

Veteran Indian filmmaker G.P. Sippy dies at age 93

Veteran Indian filmmaker G.P. Sippy, best known for producing one of Bollywood's biggest-ever hits in the 1975 blockbuster "Sholay," died at his home after a prolonged illness, an official at his film company said Wednesday. He was 93.
Sippy, whose film career spanned more than four decades, died Tuesday night. He was suffering from liver ailments, said the official, who didn't want to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Sippy was due to be cremated Wednesday.
He entered the film industry with the production of the Hindi language film "Marine Drive" in 1955.
He produced 17 films and directed six of them. His major box office hits included "Light House," "Bhai Behn" or "Brother, Sister," "Andaz" or "Style," and "Sita aur Gita."
He became a household name with his 1975 blockbuster film "Sholay" or "Embers," one of India's biggest-ever hits.
It was a story about two small-time thieves recruited by a former police officer to fight a bandit leader. The movie also featured Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and was directed by Sippy's son, Ramesh Sippy.
G.P. Sippy also had served as the chairman of the Film and TV Producers Guild of India four times since 1970s. He won several Indian film awards.
He is survived by two sons.


Updated : 2021-05-13 03:11 GMT+08:00