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Kewal P Kashyap

Director
  • Died: 16 July, 2016 (Mumbai)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi
  • First film: Shaheed (1965)
  • Spouse: Manjula Kashyap
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Veteran producer, director, and publicist Kewal P Kashyap worked in the Hindi film industry in the 1960s and 1970s. He produced and directed films such as Vishwas (1969), Parivar (1972), and Chori Chori (1973). He also produced Shaheed (1965).

Completing his graduation, Kashyap pursued journalism, and started off working in the realm of film publicity. His first job as a publicist was for the film Pyaar Ka Saagar (1961). He went on to handle the publicity of various popular films such as Professor (1962), Yeh Raaste Hai Pyaar Ke (1963), Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), Mere Mehboob (1963), Woh Kaun Thi (1964), and Ghazal (1964). Working as a publicist-in-charge, he handled the promotion of films such as Khandan (1965), and Abdullah (1980). 

Making his debut as a producer-director, he made films such as Vishwas (1969), Parivar (1972), and Chori Chori (1973). His production Shaheed directed by S Ram Sharma, starred Manoj Kumar, Kamini Kaushal and Pran in lead roles. It was based on the life of Bhagat Singh, and had many songs penned by freedom fighter Ram Prasad Bismil. Shaheed was the first of Manoj Kumar's series of patriotic films. Released in 1965 it became a box office success. At the 13th National Film Awards, Shaheed won the award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, and the award for Best Screenplay for B K Dutt and Din Dayal Sharma.

Kewal P Kashyap made his directorial debut with Vishwas, a drama that starred Jeetendra, Aparna Sen, Bharat Bhushan, Kamini Kaushal, with music composed by Kalyanji Anandji. It depicted the estranged relationship between the hero and his mother. His next directorial, Parivar starred Jeetendra and Nanda with music by Kalyanji Anandji. Chori Chori featured a star cast that included Sanjay Khan, Radha Saluja, Kamran and others. It had music by Shankar Jaikishan

He was also the consulting producer for the TV series Upanishad Ganga in 2012. It featured short stories exploring today's concepts in ancient Indian contexts.

Kewal P Kashyap passed away on 16 July, 2016 in Mumbai. 

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