Ramesh Sippy, the director of Sholay is the son of the great producer and filmmaker G P Sippy. His head was full of ideas. He desperately wanted to do something different.He was 6 years old when he visited the sets of the film Sazaa, his father's first film, Since then his fascination for cinema begun.
He worked in both the production and direction departments in films like Johar-Mehmood in Goa and Mere Sanam, which his father was producing. He worked for 7 years as an assistant before becoming the director of Andaz, in 1971 which starred Shammi Kapoor, Hema Malini and Rajesh Khanna in lead roles and was a box office success.
His second film Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), featuring Hema Malini playing dual roles was highly successful and propelled Malini to superstardom. However, it was his 1975 blockbuster film, Sholay's blockbuster success which catapulted him to one of the most successful directors in Indian cinema.
After the Sholay, Ramesh went on to Direct "Shaan" in 1980 and this time also Film was with stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Sunil Datt, Shatrughan Sinha, Bindya Goswami and Parveen Bobi but like the Sholay's Gabbar Singh highlight of the Film was the "Shakal" a villain role played by Kulbhushan Kharbanda. "Shaan" proved a milestone film for Mazhar Khan for his role of "Abdul" in the film but this film has also established Ramesh Sippy as the Director of Star.
The filmmaker is also responsible for giving Indian television one of its all-time classics in the form of Buniyaad (1986). Made roughly a decade after Sholay, it was a TV series that revolved around the Partition of India in 1947 and its consequences.