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Full Name
Gulshan Dua

Sudesh Kumari (m. ?–1997)

Gulshan Kumar


Movie producer

Krishan Kumar Nagma

On the left, Gulshan Kumar wearing a yellow shirt. On the right, the dead body of Gulshan Kumar, covered by a white cloth.

5 May 1951 (age 41) (
New Delhi, India

Businessman, Film Producer

Years active
1972 – 1997 (His Death)

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12 August 1997 (aged 41) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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


Gulshan Kumar smiling and wearing a white polo shirt.

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Gulshan Kumar with a serious face and wearing a pink suit and white long sleeves.

Gulshan Kumar Dua was born into a Punjabi Hindu family. He was the son of Chandrabhan Kumar Dua, a fruit juice seller in Darya Ganj market in Delhi, where he started working early on. While alive, Dua was a devoted worshiper of Shri Shiv Ji and Devi Parvati, as he was a follower of the Shaiva tradition.

Scene from Gulshan Kumar Hanuman Chalisa, a Bhajan video sung by Hariharan.

Dua changed career paths when his family acquired a shop selling records and cheap audio cassettes, This was the beginning of a vast music empire.

Music business and film career

Scene from Gulshan Kumar Song "Bhakti".

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. His other movies included Bahaar Aane Tak, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Ayee Milan Ki Raat, Meera Ka Mohan, and Jeena Marna Tere Sang.

T-Series music label

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.

Death and legacy

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 accused film composer Nadeem Saifee of the music duo Nadeem-Shravan of having paid for the murder due to a personal dispute and fled the country after the murder. However, on 9 January 2001, Abdul Rauf Merchant (known as "Raja") confessed to being the murderer. On 29 April 2002, Sessions Judge M L Tahilyani sentenced Rauf to life imprisonment, stating that he was not imposing death penalty because the prosecution had failed to prove that Rauf was a contract killer. Saifee paid Abu Salem, a known associate of Dawood Ibrahim, to assassinate Dua and assigned Rauf to the job. It just so happens 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.

In 2017, T-Series announced plans to produce a biopic about Kumar titled Mogul - The Gulshan Kumar Story.


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