Rabu, 26 Desember 2007

Bollywood blockbuster producer dies (AFP)

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Bollywood veteran G.P. Sippy, who produced Indian cinemas biggest blockbuster "Sholay" (Flames), has died in Mumbai at the age of 93, a report said Wednesday.

Sippy died Tuesday night from "age-related ailments," the Press Trust of India said.

He was best known for the legendary 1975 film, which was directed by his son Ramesh Sippy. It tells the story of a pair of petty criminals who go after a big-time bandit for the reward money.

Sippy came from a rich family and got his start in 1955, directing the film "Marine Drive," named after Mumbais beachfront road.

He produced some 20 films and directed another five across an award-winning career that spanned four decades.

A remake of "Sholay" this year, with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan -- who played one of the heroes in the original three decades ago -- in the role of bandit Gabbar Singh, tanked.

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