Born in a wealthy trading company in Hyderabad, Sindh, GP Sippy grew up in Karachi and was based there till 1947. After the Partition of India, GP Sippy along with his entire family (parents, wife and two children) moved to Bombay where they already had some businesses and properties. Along with the partial compensation received, the Sippy family received for the loss of their properties in Sindh, Pakistan, GP Sippy got into the construction industry and became a builder and property developer.
It is said that during the construction of Nargis’s house (one of his projects), Sippy got enamoured with films and soon used some of the profits he made on a particular property to produce his first film, Sazaa (1951). From then on there was no looking back. Under his banner, Sippy Films, he made films for the next 30 years – producing several blockbusters such as 12’O’Clock (1958), Mere Sanam (1965), Brahmachari (1968), Andaz (1971), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Sholay (1975), Shaan (1980)) and Saagar (1985).
He also directed some films in the 1950s and 1960s namely, Marine Drive (1955), Shrimati 420 (1956) and Mr. India(1961). GP Sippy was the President of the Film Federation of India in 1972-1973, 1985-1986 and 1988-1992. He also held the position of the Chairman of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India for several years.
GP Sippy was married to Mohini and they had four sons and a daughter, of whom their second son, Ramesh Sippy became a highly acclaimed filmmaker, best known for the blockbuster hit, Sholay(1975).
GP Sippy died on 25th December 2007 due to age-related ailments at the age of 93.