Gulshan Rai


Born: Lahore, Punjab, British India [now Pakistan]


Gulshan Rai (2 March 1924 – 11 October 2004) was an Indian film producer and distributor. He produced successful films in the 1970s directed by Yash Chopra and in the 1990s directed by his son Rajiv Rai. Rai was born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan) in 1924. Following the partition of India he moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1947. He started off his career in the Hindi film industry as a distributor. In 1970, he started his production company Trimurti Films and the first film produced was Johny Mera Naam (Johny is my name) which was a success. In the 1970s, his Yash Chopra-directed films made Amitabh Bachchan a superstar and launched successful careers for script writers Salim-Javed. The notable films were Deewaar (The Wall) (1975) and Trishul (The Trident) (1978). In the 1980s and 90s, he produced films in the action genre directed by his son Rajiv Rai, and were notable for their music (composed by Kalyanji-Anandji & later by Viju Shah). They were Tridev (The three gods), Vishwatma, Mohra (The Pawn) and Gupt (Secret). He released more than 180 films in Bombay territory, 40 of which have celebrated silver jubilees. Besides Mumbai, he also opened distribution offices in West Bengal, Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. However, Trimurti Films suffered failures with Rajiv's movies in 2000s, Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (Love, Amour and Romance) and Asambhav (Impossible), both were attempts to launch Arjun Rampal as a hero but flopped and were unable to make Rampal, a successful hero. Rai died in Mumbai on 11 October 2004 after a prolonged illness, aged 80. He was a recipient of Padma Shri.

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