However, it was his 1975 film "Sholay" that catapulted him into the big league. The Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer not only was a blockbuster, the golden jubliee film ran for more than five years in a theatre in Mumbai.
Sippy's body of work as a director also includes "Saagar", "Shakti", "Shaan" and "Seeta Aur Geeta".
He also directed super hit television series, "Buniyaad", that showed the ups and downs of an Indian family in pre and post partition India.
His son Rohan Sippy is quite active in films as a director and made films like "Bluffmaster".