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Shri Ram Bohra

  • Born: 3 June, 1923 (Jodhpur)
  • Died: 1 April, 1996 (Bombay)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi

Visionary producer and director, Shree Ram Bohra founded Bohra Bros production house, along with his brother Ram Kumar Bohra in 1948. Known for films such as Lachak (1951), Al Hilal (1958), Baghdad Ka Chor (directed twice in 1955 and 1969), Hercules (1964), and Golden Eyes (1967), he also produced Saajan Ka Ghar (1994), Mard (1998) and Takkar (1995), among other films. President of the Indian Motion Picture Producer Association (IMPPA) for 12 years, Shree Ram Bohra was known for his forthright approach in solving the problems of the industry. In 1975 he formed a trust called The Film Industry Education and Charitable Trust, which supplied free medical aid, education etc to members of the film industry. 

Shree Ram Bohra was born in Jodhpur on 3 June, 1923. a simple man with great dreams and a vision for the entertainment industry, he travelled to Bombay in 1947. Here he founded the film production house Bohra Bros in 1948, along with his brother Ram Kumar Bohra. He forayed into film production with Lachak starring Amarnath and Gita Bali. The film bombed at the box office; however, Shree Ram Bohra was undaunted. Success came with Al Hilal, which became a hit all over India; its song Hame to loot liya milke husn walo ne became a nationwide rage. Bohra went on to produce and direct a number of successful films, chief among them being Baghdad Ka Chor, Hercules, Golden Eyes, Saajan Ka Ghar, Mard and Takkar. Films produced by the Bohra Bros production house include Tikdambaaz (1959), Dr Shaitan (1960), Jadoo Mahal (1962), Pedro (1963), Puraskar (1970), Bhakta Prahlad (1980), Aurat (1986), Shera-Shamshera (1990), among others. 

In 1960, Bohra Bros also ventured into the distribution of feature films, followed by setting up of movie theatres in 1977, and entry into television in 2004. 

In 1958, Shree Ram Bohra became an executive member of Indian Motion Picture Producer Association (IMPPA), the exclusive film producers’ body in India. In 1972, he was elected as its president. He served as president of IMPPA for a record period of 12 years, and was known for forthright approach in solving problems of the industry. He was also head of the All India Film Producers Council (AIFPC), Film Makers Combine (FMC) and the apex body of the Indian film industry, Film Federation Of India (FFI).

In 1975, Shree Ram Bohra formed a trust called The Film Industry Education and Charitable Trust. Formed for general public and the film industry in particular, it is associated with supplying free medical aid, education etc to needy members of the industry. 

Shree Ram Bohra passed away on 1 April in 1996.