Jhamu Sughand

Jhamu Sughand (1951 – 26 May 2008) was an Indian film financier, producer and distributor, in mainstream Bollywood, as well parallel cinema,[1] He is most known as producer of Academy Award-nominated Lagaan (2001), Satya (1998), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Aks (2001).[2]

He started Jhamu Sughand Productions,[3] also produced films in Marathi and Bengali, and was awarded the 2000 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi as the producer of Astitva directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, and subsequently National Film Award for Best Feature Film for Kaalpurush directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta.


Sughand started his career joining his family cloth trading business in Deolali, his hometown, and in 1979 he moved to Mumbai. Here started a printing press specialising in film merchandise for some years, before shifting to film distribution in 1988. In the coming years, he distributed over 100 films, but it was Mani Ratnam's, Bombay (1995) which first got him acclaim.[4]

In later years, he stopped producing films, eventually selling one of his last films, Gulaal directed by Anurag Kashyap, which was eventually released in 2009.[2][5]

He died on 26 May 2008, of cardiac arrest at the age of 57. He had suffered a brain stroke a few days earlier. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.[2]






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  2. "Lagaan producer Jhamu Sughand passes away". The Times of India. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. Jhamu Sughand Productions on IMDb
  4. Sudipto Shome (26 May 2008). "Jhamu Sughand passes away". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. "Film financer and producer J Sugandh dead". Daily News & Analysis. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  6. "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  7. "53rd National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  8. "53rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. pp. 10–11. Retrieved 19 March 2012.

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