Gulshan Kumar

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Gulshan Kumar
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Born Gulshan Dua
(1951-05-05)5 May 1951
New Delhi, India
Died 12 August 1997(1997-08-12) (aged 46)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Businessman, Film Producer
Years active 1972 – 1997 (His Death)
Spouse(s) Sudesh Kumari (1975-1997)
Children Bhushan Kumar (son)
Tulsi Kumar (daughter)
Khushali Kumar (daughter)
Relatives Krishan Kumar (Younger Brother)

Gulshan Kumar (5 May 1951 – 12 August 1997)[1] was the founder of the T-Series music label (Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.),[2] and an Indian Bollywood movie producer. T series is now run by his younger brother Krishan Kumar and son Bhushan Kumar.[3] His daughter Tulsi Kumar is a playback singer.[4]


Gulshan Dua was born into a Punjabi family, he was the son of Chandrabhan , a fruit juice seller in Darya Ganj market in Delhi, where he started working early on. Later Gulshan changed career paths when his family acquired a shop selling records and cheap audio cassettes, this was the beginning of what was to become a vast music empire.[5]

Music business and film career[edit]

Gulshan Kumar then started his own audio cassette operation known as “Super Cassettes Industries" , which later turned on to a profitable business for him. he decided to begin a music production company in Noida. As his business started growing he decide to move to Bombay.[6]

His first movie in Bollywood was "Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka" in 1989. Next was the big hit "Aashiqui" in 1990 which is remebered for its music.His other movies included "Bahaar Ane tak" , "Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi" , “Ayee Milan Ki Raat”, “Meera Ka Mohan”, and “Jeena Marna Tere Sang" [6]


Gulshan Kumar was shot dead outside the Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir, a Hindu temple in Jeet Nagar, Andheri West suburb of Mumbai,[7] on the 12th of August 1997. The police accused a film composer Nadeem of the music duo Nadeem-Shravan of having paid for the murder. However, on 9 January 2001, Vinod Jagtap (known as "Raja") confessed to being the murderer. On 29 April 2002, Sessions Judge M L Tahilyani sentenced Jagtap to life imprisonment, stating that he was not imposing death penalty because the prosecution had failed to prove that Jagtap was a contract killer. As per his family's wishes, Gulshan Kumar was cremated in Delhi.[8]

Chronology of events[edit]

  • 21 September 1999 : hearing an extradition case filed by the government of India against Nadeem, Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London rules that there is prima facie case against Nadeem and recommends his extradition
  • 21 December 2000 : The London High Court rejects the government of India's plea to extradite Nadeem. He is discharged from the case. The court also passes strictures against the police, saying the evidence is tainted. Shafi Ahmed is the first accused to be discharged in the case. Prosecution concedes there is no evidence against him.
  • 30 April 2001 : charges are framed against 17 accused. one of the accused Pratap Singh Shaukin is discharged due to lack of evidence. Shaukin was accused of helping the killers escape. He allegedly took them from Mumbra in nearby Thane to Nasik in his tempo.
  • 18 June 2001 : Trial begins. Ramchandra Lavangare, an eyewitness, identifies the alleged assassins – Abdul Rashid Daud and Abdul Rauf Daud MERCHANT – in the court.
  • 20 June 2001 : Another eye witness Sahibrao Fuke identifies the alleged killers in the court of Justice M.L. Tahilyani.
  • 27 June 2001 : Keki Balsara, key to the prosecution's case against Nadeem, is found dead in the washroom of the city police headquarters.
  • 8 January 2002 : Approver Mohammed Ali Shaikh refuses to identify the alleged killers in court. he says he did not know Nadeem. He is declared hostile, and pardon granted to him is withdrawn.
  • 10 January 2002 : ten of the accused are granted bail after prosecution says it would not produce any new evidence against them.
  • 16 April 2002 : prosecution accepts there is no evidence against 15 of the 19 people accused in the case.
  • 23 April 2003 : the sessions court rejects the conspiracy charge levelled by the prosecution against the accused.
  • 24 April 2003 : 18 of the 19 accused are acquitted. one is found guilty.

T-Series music label[edit]

Main article: T-Series

During the life of Gulshan Kumar, T-Series emerged as one of the top music labels in India. It continues to be a major label.[9]

It is the largest producer and publisher of music and videos in India. It has published original soundtracks of movies, remixes, old devotional bhajans, new-age melodies from the 1960s, pop hits of the 1990s, etc.

Today T-Series controls more than 60% share of the Indian music market. In international market, T-Series enjoys a turnover in excess of $4.2 million, and exports to 24 countries across six continents. In India, it has the largest distribution network of over 2500 dealers.

Movie production[edit]

As artist[edit]

As director[edit]

  • Bewafa Sanam(1995)

As presenter[edit]

As producer[edit]

See also[edit]


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