Ramesh Sippy is an Indian film director and producer, is best-known for directing the popular and critically acclaimed film 'Sholay'.
Ramesh Sippy is the owner of the production company 'Ramesh Sippy Entertainment'. He produced the two films directed by his son, Rohan Sippy, namely 'Kuch Naa Kaho' (2003) and 'Bluffmaster' (2005). In 2006 he produced 'Taxi No 9211' which was directed by Milan Luthria. In 2008 he produced Kunal Roy Kapoor's 'The President is Coming' as well as the Akshay Kumar-Deepika Padukone film, 'Chandni Chowk to China', directed by Nikhil Advani.
Ramesh Sippy's film debut happened as a child artist at the age of 9, when he played Achala Sachdev's son in 'Shahenshah'. He worked in both the production and direction departments in the films 'Johar-Mehmood in Goa' and 'Mere Sanam', produced by his father. He worked for 7 years as an assistant before becoming the director of 'Andaz', in 1969. Although this was only a moderate success, his second film, 'Seeta Aur Geeta' (1972) was highly successful.
In 1975 he directed 'Sholay' which went on to become the biggest blockbuster in Bollywood film history and won lots of acclaim. 'Sholay' still remains the biggest blockbuster film in Hindi film history and remains one of the best remembered films to this day, especially due to the performance of the late actor, Amjad Khan, in the legendary villainous role of 'Gabbar Singh'. He never managed to repeat the success of 'Sholay' but his next 3 films 'Shaan' (1980), 'Shakti' (1982) and 'Saagar' (1985) were deemed hits.
He also directed a successful television serial titled 'Buniyaad', which focused on the India and Pakistan Partition and was originally aired on the Indian television channel, Doordarshan in 1987. The last three films he directed, 'Bhrashtachar' (1989), 'Akayla' (1991) and 'Zamana Deewana' (1995) were box office flops. He has since not directed any film.
His string of hits with Amitabh made him one of the five golden directors who had a special working relationship with Amitabh Bachchan (Yash Chopra, Prakash Mehra, Manmohan Desai, and Hrishikesh Mukherjee being the other four). In 2005 he received the Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years award for his legendary film, 'Sholay'. Ramesh Sippy's father was producer G.P. Sippy, and his son, Rohan Sippy, is also a film director. His daughter Sheena is married to Shashi Kapoor's son Kunal Kapoor. He has been married twice, his current wife is actress Kiran Juneja.