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Gulshan Kumar

Gulshan Kumar


  • 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 the Daryaganj neighborhood in the heart of Delhi.
  • Dua started working with his father from an early age. He was a devoted worshiper of Shri Shiv Ji and Devi Parvati.
  • Dua changed career paths when his family acquired a shop selling records and inexpensive audio cassettes, which foreshadowed the onset of a vast music empire.


  • Gulshan Kumar was a very humble man. Even being a music Baron he was friendly with all. He was always trying out new things to woo listeners and would come out with surprises.
  • Gulshan Kumar started his own audio cassette operation known as “Super Cassettes Industries,” which turned in to a profitable business. He began a music production company in Noida. As his business started growing, he moved to Mumbai.


  • His first movie in Bollywood was Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka in 1989. Next was the big hit Aashiqui in 1990 which is remembered for its music by Nadeem–Shravan.
  • His other movies included Bahaar Aane Tak, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Ayee Milan Ki Raat, Meera Ka Mohan, Jeena Marna Tere Sang and Bewafa Sanam.


  • 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.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.


  • Gulshan Kumar Dua lost his life in a shooting 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. He was shot 16 times.
  • Although he had received two threatening calls, on 5 and 8 August 1997, Kumar refused to pay the extortion money.
  • At 10.40 am, while returning from the temple, he was confronted by one of the assassins who said: “Bahut puja kar li, ab upar ja ke karna (you have done enough puja, now do it up there).”


  • His driver Suraj was shot in both legs as he tried to shelter Kumar.Dawood Ibrahim organization called DCompany is considered to have been responsible for this assassination.
  • The police also accused film composer Nadeem Saifi of the music duo Nadeem-Shravan of having paid for the murder due to a personal dispute and fled the country after the murder.
  • The police alleged that Saifi paid Abu Salem, a known associate of Dawood Ibrahim, to assassinate Dua and assigned Rauf to the job.


  • After the police’s allegations against him, Nadeem Saifi had fled to the United Kingdom. Saifi was also exonerated by four courts, including the House of Lords in the United Kingdom and the sessions court in Mumbai.
  • Saifi eventually acquired British citizenship, and later moved to Dubai, where he runs a successful perfumery business.
  • Abdul Rauf alias Daud Merchant was convicted in 2002 for the murder of Gulshan Kumar. In late 1980s and early ’90s, Bollywood was impacted by the Mumbai mafia dominance and extortions.