Jhamu Sughand started his professional career in his home town of Deolali (in the Indian state of Maharashtra), by joining the family business of cloth trading. Always an ardent film buff, he, however, chose to move to Mumbai, to heed to his true calling of being associated with the film business in 1979. Just another face in the teeming thousand who chose to come to Mumbai (the film making capital of India), and with the obvious inexperience with the various aspects of film making, he started a printing press specialising in film merchandise. GLAMOUR (the biggest film merchandise printing press in India today) where he also pioneered the concept of six-colour video jacket sleeves in the country, amongst other successful creative experiments.
In 1988, after ten years of careful observation of the mechanics of the film industry, Jhamu Sughand entered film distribution business. In the next six years, he, under the aegis of his new company, FRIENDS INDIA, distributed well over 100 films in the various film territories of India. The niche specialisation was created in the overseas markets (especially the export of Indian films to The North American continent, United Kingdom and Continental Europe).
The next step of evolution for Jhamu Sughand was to enter the production sector by which he could contribute towards the kind of creative commercially viable films that he wanted to be associated with. Towards this, the first step was "BOMBAY" (1994, Director MANI RATNAM), the controversial film which took an objective view of the riots between Hindus and Muslims in the city of Bombay, an aftermath of the Babri Mosque demolition by Hindu nationalists. The surprising box office success of the film was like a jolt to the industry, where the so-called pundits had written the film off by terming it too realistic for the fantasy driven formula for success in Indian films.
Since then, Jhamu Sughand has tried to strive for a similar formula whereas the artistic creative aspects of the director can be matched by commercial success. He has been lucky to work with the best of directors of the country because of this. However, and vice versa, it is every director?s desire to work with Jhamu Sughand as reflected by the following filmography.