Mulund is a suburb in north-east of Mumbai, India about 32 kilometers from it. It is also a railway station on the Central Railway line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. It is nestled alongside the foothills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park with easy access to the Eastern Express Highway and Navi Mumbai through the Mulund-Airoli Bridge.
Historical records of Mulund date back to the time of Mauryan empire . In those days Mulund and nearby suburbs together were known as Muchchalind. Mulund is the earliest planned suburb of Mumbai city, a gridiron plan was designed by architects Crown & Carter in 1922, which extends from present day Mulund station to Paanch Rasta junction in Mulund (West). Mulund station falls on the central line of Mumbai. While traveling by Railway from CST, previous Railway station is Nahur & next is Thane.
Mulund was home to a cosmopolitan mix of large number of educated middle class residents and several industrial factories along present day L.B.S. road, some of which are the pharmaceutical companies - Hoechst, Wellcome, Glaxo, Merind and Johnson & Johnson. Engineering companies like Richardson Cruddas, Bombay Oxygen, Chicago Pneumatic, ACC, Agfa & Gabriel were also around. Eventually these industrial units have shifted out of Mulund and have been converted to shopping malls and luxurious residence apartment complexes altering the landscape and skyline. Johnson and Johnson factory still remains one of the avant garde modern architectural landmarks of Mulund.
Towards the late 90s this suburb acquired a new image with winds of globalization slowly reaching the people here. Old buildings and structures gave way to new malls and cineplexes. This change is most apparent along the L.B.S. Road which today is lined with two major shopping malls, R-Mall and Nirmal Lifestyle. Along the link road, there is D-Mart and the world-class hospital - Fortis Hospital. Skyscrapers have lined the landscape, replacing old factories that is new skyscraper of 45 floors in Sarvoday Nagar. Old tailors and garment cut-piece stores have given way to fashion boutiques.
Though Mulund today has become densely populated with than what it used to be, it still remains one of the greenest and safest places to live in Mumbai. The pleasant living conditions and easy access to different parts of the city and its outskirts, have attracted many new residents. The population is around 7,50,000 according to the 2011 census data.
Mulund has several cinema halls including Big Cinemas (at R-Mall) and PVR (at Nirmal Lifestyles). However, the single screen theaters like Mehul have lost their sheen in the recent years after the multiplexes have opened. Jawahar, the oldest theatre has shut shop and so has Deepmandir. However, the Jai Ganesh theatre in Mulund (E) has seen some renovation recently. Kalidas Auditorium is the only auditorium in Mulund which regularly hosts Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi plays apart from musical shows. Maharashtra Seva Sangh above Apna Bazaar on JN Road also holds a number of events particularly in the Marathi literary world.
The suburb is also home to several gymkhanas and fitness centres, including Mulund Gymkhana and Talwalkars. Kalidas Sports Complex is the major sports complex.