Gulshan Madhosh Rai (2 March 1924 – 11 October 2004) was an Indian film producer and distributor. He produced successful films in the 1970s and 1980s directed by Vijay Anand, Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai and thereafter directed by his son Rajiv Rai.

Gulshan Rai
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Born(1924-03-02)2 March 1924
Died11 October 2004(2004-10-11) (aged 80)
NationalityIndian
OccupationFilm producer, Film distributor
FamilyRajiv Rai (son)

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 Dev Anand starrer Johny Mera Naam (Johny is my name), directed by Vijay Anand 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 he produced Dilip Kumar starrer Vidhaata, directed by Subhash Ghai later he produced films in the action genre directed by his son Rajiv Rai. A majority of his films were notable for their music composed by Kalyanji-Anandji & later by Viju Shah. They were Johny Mera Naam, Vidhaata, 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.[1] He was a recipient of Padma Shri.[2][3]

Filmography as ProducerEdit

Year Title Director
1970 Johny Mera Naam Vijay Anand
1973 Joshila Yash Chopra
1975 Deewaar Yash Chopra
1977 Dream Girl Pramod Chakravorty
1978 Trishul Yash Chopra
1982 Vidhaata Subhash Ghai
1985 Yudh Rajiv Rai
1989 Tridev Rajiv Rai
1992 Vishwatma Rajiv Rai
1994 Mohra Rajiv Rai
1997 Gupt: The Hidden Truth Rajiv Rai
2001 Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat Rajiv Rai
2004 Asambhav Rajiv Rai

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Filmmaker Gulshan Rai dead". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Gulshan Rai - Movies, Biography, News, Age & Photos".
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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