Punnu wrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Gopaldas Parmanand Sippy was born on 14th September,1914 in Hyderabad, Sind, British India(which is now Hyderabad,Andhra Pradesh,India). He was of Sindhi descent. He started his career as a lawyer in the Sindh province of undivided India. He later carpet selling and moved on the work of construction.He was making great buildings when the idea of venturing into filmmaking dawned upon him.
G. P. Sippy had an excellent start to his career with his first break as a director for the film Marine Drive(1955).In the same year,he produced Adil-E-Jahangir(1955) having starcast of Pradeep Kumar,Meena Kumari and Durga Khote.He even had a brief role in Adil-E-Jahangir. His first venture as a producer was Sazaa(1951).
The banner of G. P. Sippy produced some memorable flicks during the 50's and 60's,some of them were Shrimati420 (1956), Chandrakant, Light House, Bhai Behan(1959), Mr India(1961) and Andaaz(1971). He also directed most of them.
His early major hit was musical Mere Sanam(1965) starring Asha Parekh and Biswajeet. During late sixties and early seventies,G. P. Sippy had serious differences with director Bhappie Soni during the production work of Brahamchari(1968).The financial crunch induced by Brahamchari even had its effects on the next film of G. P. Sippy, Bandhan(1969) starring Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz.This financial problem had such major impact on G.P.Sippy that for once he had even decided to say goodbye to filmmaking forever and concentrate on looking after his hotel in London. Luckily for G. P. Sippy, his fortunes changed and these two films not only got completed but became chartbusters G. P. Sippy asked his son Ramesh Sippy to quit his studies at the London School of Economics and help him in the production of films.This father-son pair did many films as producer-director together which were quite major hits.Some of them were Seeta Aur Geeta(1972), Sholay(1975), Saagar(1985). Sholay turned out to be a major success for G.P.Sippy and his son.The film was made in 3 crores and it turned out revenue of whopping 34 crores. Later, he produced films like Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman(1992), Aatish(1992), Zamaana Deewana(1995) and Hamesha(1995).
He won 2 awards in his career.He got the Best Film Filmfare award for Brahamchari(1968).He also won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 in the Bombay International Film Festival.
He died on 25th December,2007 in Mumbai,Maharashtra,India due to liver ailment. He was the Chairman of the Film and TV Producers Guild of India for several years. He introduced Rajesh Khanna and Babita in Raaz and Shah Rukh Khan in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. G. P. Sippy launched the careers of directors Narendra Bedi (Bandhan), Anant Balani(Patthar Ke Phool) and Aziz Mirza (Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman). His Ahsaas(1979) was Indian Cinema's first coming of age film. His Buniyaad(1986) was the first colour soap in the history of Indian Television and introduced artists like Alok Nath. As President of the Film Federation of India(FFI),the film industry's apex body,he fearlessly fought with the government to secure tax concessions for the industry,like getting the excise duty waived on film positives. He was the first to raise the demand of 'industry' status to the films so that producers could avail of institutional finance for filmmaking , a demand that the government conceded much later.