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 and son Bhushan Kumar.His daughter Tulsi Kumar is a playback singer.
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.
Gulshan 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
Gulshan Kumar started his own audio cassette operation known as “Super Cassettes Industries,” which turned on to a profitable business. He began a music production company in Noida. As his business started growing, he moved to Bombay.
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.
Gulshan Kumar was shot dead outside the Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir, a Hindu temple in Jeet Nagar, Andheri West suburb of Mumbai, on 12 August 1997. The police accused 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.