Gulshan Kumar

Gulshan Kumar

Gulshan Kumar, the founder of T-Series was murdered in August 1997 by the Mumbai Organised Crime Syndicate for refusing to pay protection money to them. This exposed the decades-old nexus between Mumbai Gangs and Bollywood.

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Gulshan Kumar Dua, known professionally as Gulshan Kumar, was the founder of the T-Series music label, and a Bollywood movie producer. T-Series has since been run by his younger brother Krishan Kumar and son Bhushan Kumar. His daughter Tulsi Kumar and Khushali Kumar are also famous playback singers. Gulshan Kumar Dua was born into a Punjabi Hindu family. He was the son of Chandrabhan Kumar Dua, a fruit juice vendor who worked the streets of Daryaganj in the heart of Delhi. Dua started working with his father from an early age. Thti Dua changed career paths when his family acquired a shop selling records and cheap audio cassettes, which foreshadowed the onset of a vast music empire.

Gulshan Kumar Dua was shot dead outside the Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir, a Hindu mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva of which he attended daily in Jeet Nagar, Andheri West suburb of Mumbai, on 12 August 1997. The police allege that Saifee paid Abu Salem, a known associate of Dawood Ibrahim, to assassinate Dua and assigned Rauf to the job, but it just so happened that Ibrahim and Abu Salem were already planning on murdering Dua as he had refused to pay protection money to D-Company as part of an extortion attempt. As per his family's wishes, Gulshan Kumar Dua was cremated in a Shamshan in Delhi. After the police's allegations against him, Nadeem Saifi had fled to the United Kingdom. In 2001, the case was taken to the London High Court, which rejected the Indian government's request for extradition on the ground that there was no prima facie case against Saifi. In August 2001, the prosecution's main witness, Mohammed Ali Hussain Shaikh, who had earlier claimed Saifi participated in the murder, eventually revealed that he didn't know Saifi and had never seen him. Saifi eventually acquired British citizenship, and later moved to Dubai, where he runs a successful perfumery business. In 2017, T-Series announced plans to produce a biopic about Kumar titled Mogul - The Gulshan Kumar Story.

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